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The Red Book of the Exchequer: a curious affair revisited

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The dispute between John Horace Round and Hubert Hall over Hall's edition (1898) of the Red Book of the Exchequer became notorious for several reasons: because it forced a newly-emerging historical profession to confront the strengths and weaknesses of ‘scientific history’; because of Round's unedifying behaviour; and because it was conducted publicly, through the periodical press and in private publications. The existence of that material has skewed the historiography; this account revisits the relationship between the two men in the early eighteen-nineties and concludes that although Round was ‘correct’, the consequences of the affair were far more beneficial for Hall.

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