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The Expenditure of Louis IX in the Crusades of 1252
(from the Royal Accounts)

Household

£

s

d

Cost of food

31,595

11

10

Clothes and furs for the king

104

12

9

Mantles for knights and clerics

312

10

0

Armour and clothes for knights and clerics

12,910

8

11

Gifts of robes and silver

771

10

0

Alms

1,515

3

9

Crossbowmen and sergeants-at-arms of the household

4,494

6

6

115 war-horses, pack-horses and mules for the household

1,916

18

11

TOTAL household costs of the king and queen

53,621

2

8

War and Shipping

£

s

d

Payment for knights serving for wages

57,093

17

10

Gifts and subsidies for knights serving without wages

23,253

18

4

Mounted crossbowmen and sergeants

22,242

13

6

Replacements for 264 war-horses

6,789

17

0

Crossbowmen and sergeants on foot

29,575

0

6

Carpenters, war-engineers and other labourers

689

12

3

Common expenditure (incl. £41,366 14s 9d for labourers in several towns overseas and £967 13s 9d for the ransoming of captives)

66,793

19

6

Shipping costs

5,725

15

0

TOTAL war and shipping costs

212,164 

13 

11


Sources

Hallam, E., ed. Chronicles of the Crusades. London: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson Ltd., 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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