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Exchequer
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Richard fitz Nigel, in his Dialogus de Scaccario, written around the year 1179, wrote of the Exchequer:

'The exchequer is a rectangular board, about ten feet long and five feet wide, which those sitting around it use like a table. It has a raised edge about four finger-widths high, so that nothing placed on it can fall off. Over this aforementioned exchequer is placed a cloth bought during the Easter Term, not an ordinary cloth, but black, marked with lines a foot or a spread hand's width apart'.

It was this cloth that gave its name to the part of the royal household responsible fo…

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Stephen Church, “Exchequer”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_105>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503



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