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Anglo Saxon Proclamations in United Kingdom

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Royal Charters and Writs of Proclamation

Anglo Saxon Proclamations and Medieval Law

Anglo Saxon Proclamations and Legal History

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(Compiled by the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) Ballard, Adolphus, ed. British Borough Charters, 1042-1216. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1913.

Abstract: Contains 330 charters and documents dated before the death of King John. It is arranged as an “analytic digest of charters granted to burgesses of boroughs in the British Isles, and of a large selection of writs of similar import.” Follows the arrangement borrowed from Maitland’s chapter on the English borough in the thirteenth century. Chief source for the documents listed is the Charter Rolls in the PRO, using the printed calendar and indexes. Later volumes cover the years 1216-1307 (1923) and 1307-1660 (1943).

Birch, Walter de Gray. Cartularium Saxonicum: a Collection of Charters Relating to Anglo-Saxon History. 3 Vols. London: Whiting, 1885-1893.

Abstract: Collection of 1,354 charters translated into Latin. Vol. 1, AD 430-839; Vol. 2, AD 840-947; Vol. 3, AD 948-975. Includes a number of documents not in Kemble’s Codex diplomaticus aevi saxonici.

British Academy – Royal Historical Society. Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters. Anglo-SaxonCharters. v. London: Oxford University Press, 1973-.

Notes: Some material from this project is also available online, in some cases in provisional form, at http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/chartwww/charthome.htmlAbstract: Texts in Old English or Latin. A series of publications from the cartularies of various abbeys and city corporations. Published to date: No. 1, Rochester; No. 2, Burton Abbey; No. 3, Sherborne; No. 4, St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury; No. 5, Shaftesbury Abbey; No. 6, Selsey; No. 7 and 8, Adingdon; No. 9, New Minster, Winchester; No. 10, St. Pauls, London; No. 11, Malmesbury; No. 12, St. Albans; No. 13, Bath and Wells.

—, and Simon D. Keynes. KEMBLE. Cambridge: The Committee, 1997-.

Notes: Available online at http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/chartwww/charthome.htmlAbstract: Based on an ongoing project to prepare a new edition of the corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters. The constitutent volumes in the series, each representing the charters formerly preserved in the archives of a particular religious house, are published for the British Academy by the Oxford University Press. When completed, the series will comprise approximately 30 volumes. Some of this material is mounted, in some cases in provisional form, on this website.

Among the contents:

The Electronic Sawyer, which is a key reference tool to the entire corpus of Anglo-Saxon Charters. It is an online, revised, augmented and updated version of P. H. Sawyer’s Anglo-Saxon Charters: an Annotated List and Bibliography (1968), covering S 1-1602;

Regesta Regum Anglorum, a searchable edition of the entire corpus of Anglo-Saxon diplomas – comprising Mercian charters of eighth and ninth centuries, West Saxon charters of the ninth century, and all charters of the period 900-1066;

Various working aids for the study of Anglo-Saxon charters;

A bibliography of books and articles.

Bibliographies of English Law History

  • Maxwell, William H. A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Volume 1: English Law to 1800. London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1955-
  • Beale, Joseph H. A Bibliography of Early English Law Books. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1926.
  • Winfield, Percy H. The Chief Sources of English Legal History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925.


See Also

  • Assumpsit (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Feudalism (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Medieval Lawyer (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Legal History Review (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Concubinage (in this legal Encyclopedia)

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