Mundum Books

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John Saltmarsh's computations of work on the Chapel,
derived from accounts held in the Mundum Books 1508-10. (reference: JS/2/5)

John Saltmarsh, King's Fellow and historian, shows how much information about the construction of the Chapel can be extracted from the series of College accounts, the 'Mundum Books', which form a continuous sequence from 1447 to 1991. The written record of income and expenditure is brought to life by careful calculation of labour costs alongside the listing of men's names and their skills. We are able to learn the peaks of activity and periods when building work was halted, to imagine the master-craftsmen calling orders to the masons or carvers, to envisage the deliveries of raw materials along the river Cam.

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