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Royal Charters in United Kingdom

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(Compiled by the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) James, Henry, Thomas D. Hardy, and William B. Sanders , eds. Facsimiles of National Manuscripts, From William the Conqueror to Queen Anne. 4 Vols. in 2. Southampton: Ordnance Survey Office, 1865-1968.

Abstract: Selected under the direction of the master of the rolls, and photozincographed by command of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, by Colonel Sir Henry James … With translations and notes.

Jones, William H. Rich, and William D. Macray , eds. Charters and Documents Illustrating the History of the Cathedral, City, and Diocese of Salisbury, in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores (Rolls Series), 97. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1891.

Abstract: Selected from the Salisbury capitular and diocesan registers.

Landon, Lionel, and J. Conway Davies, eds. The Cartae Antiquae, Rolls 1-20, Printed From the Original Mss. in the Custody of the Right Honourable the Master of the Rolls. 2 Vols. Publications of the Pipe Roll Society, 55, 71; n.s., 17, 33. London: J.W. Ruddock & Sons, 1939-1960.

Abstract: Charters included in official publications are calendared, not transcribed, and references are given to the full transcripts. Contents: Vol. 1 (1939), includes rolls 1-10, and covers William I – Henry III; vol. 2 (1960), includes rolls 11-20, edited by J. Conway Davies.

Madox, Thomas, ed. Formulare Anglicanum, or, A Collection of Ancient Charters and Instruments of Divers Kinds Taken From the Originals, Placed Under Several Heads, and Deduced (in a Series According to the Order of Time) From the Norman Conquest to the End of the Reign of King Henry the VIII. London: 1702, Jacob Tonson and R. Knaplock.

Notes: Also available online in ModernEconomy (subscription database)Abstract: Miscellaneous collection of charters. Contains 48 fines from Richard I to Henry VIII.

Maitland, Frederic W., and Mary Bateson, eds. The Charters of the Borough of Cambridge: Edited for the Council of the Borough of Cambridge and the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1901.

Abstract: Publication of the Ancient Charters of the Borough, beginning with an undated writ of Henry I, and including writs,charters and letters patent of Henry I, Henry II, John , Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Edward IV, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, and Charles II. Text in Latin with English translation.

Osmund, Saint, and W. H. Rich Jones, eds. Vetus Registrum Sarisberiense Alias Dictum Registrum S. Osmundi Episcopi. The Register of S. Osmund. 2 Vols. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores (Rolls Series), 78. London: Longman, 1883-1984.

Abstract: Text of S. Osmundi consuetudinarium, Latin and English on opposite pages. Contents: Vol. 1, The Tractatus de Officiis Ecclesiasticis, with English translation; Vol. 2, charters, letters, bulls etc., AD 1091-ca. 1276.

Potter, Kenneth R., and Ralph H. C. Davis , ed. and trans. Gesta Stephani . Oxford Medieval Texts. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1976.

Abstract: Text in English and Latin. The acts of Stephen, King of England, 1097?-1154.

Round, John H., ed. Ancient Charters, Royal and Private, Prior to A.D. 1200. Part I. Publications of the Pipe Roll Society, 10 ed. London: Wyman and Sons, 1888.

Abstract: Text in Latin with English annotations. The earliest document belongs to 1095-1100.

Stenton, Frank M., ed.. The First Century of English Feudalism, 1066-1166. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1961.

Abstract: The Ford lectures for 1929. Contains an appendix of 48 feudal charters.

Stubbs, William, and Roger Howden, ed. Gesta Regis Henrici Secundi Benedicti Abbatis. The Chronicle of the Reigns of Henry II. and Richard I. A.D. 1169-1192; Known Commonly Under the Name of Benedict of Peterborough. London: Longmans, Green, Reader and Dyer, 1867.

Abstract: Author now considered to be Roger of Hoveden (or Howden). Contains original sources and the narrative includes many official documents.

Warner, George F., and Henry J Ellis, eds. Facsimiles of Royal and Other Charters in the British Museum . London: British Museum, 1903.

Abstract: Vol. I. ))William I–Richard(( I. Continues Bond’s Facsimiles of ancient charters in the British Museum (1873-1878).

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

  • Usurpation (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Feudal Tenure (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Nuisance (in this legal Encyclopedia)
  • Exchequer (in this legal Encyclopedia)

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