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Writs of Proclamation in United Kingdom

Royal Charters and Writs of Proclamation

Writs of Proclamation and Medieval Law

Writs of Proclamation and Legal History

Legal Materials in relation to the Anglo Saxon Period

(Compiled by the University of South Caroline Gould School of Law) Hunt, William, ed. Two Chartularies of the Priory of St. Peter at Bath I. The Chartulary in Ms. No. CXI., in the Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. II. Calendar of the Ms. Register in the Library of the Hon. Society of Lincoln’s Inn. Somerset Record Society Publications, 7. London: Somerset Record Society, 1893.

Abstract: Contains Anglo Saxon charters.

Kemble, John M., ed. and trans. Codex Diplomaticus Aevi Saxonici. 6 Vols. English Historical Society Publications. ed. London: Sumptibus Societatis, 1839-1848.

Abstract: Contains 1349 documents including most of the existing Anglo-Saxon charters, a large number of private legal documents, conveyances of land, leases, and wills, ranging from AD 604 to ca. AD 1061. Latin translation from the Anglo-Saxon.

Keynes, Simon, ed. Anglo-Saxon Charters: Archives and Single Sheets. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

—, ed. The Diplomas of King Aethelred ‘the Unready’, 978-1016: a Study in the Use As Historical Evidence. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. 3rd series, 13. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980.

—, ed. Facsimiles of Anglo-Saxon Charters. 2 Vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Notes: Also available online at http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/chartwww/Abstract: Vol. 1consists of photographic facsimiles of 44 charters, arranged as follows: charters written before ca. 900 (nos. 1-3); charters, etc., written in the tenth or eleventh century (nos. 4-31); a selection of charters written between ca. 1100 and 1700 (nos. 32-44). Each facsimile is accompanied by comments on the specific significance of the document. Vol. 2. Supplementary: a handlist of Anglo-Saxon charters.

Marichal, Robert , and Albert Bruckner, eds. Chartae Latinae Antiquiores: Facsimile-Edition of the Latin Charters Prior to the Ninth Century (1st series). 49 vols. Olten: University of Graf, 1954-.

Abstract: Vol. 3 (1963) contains charters from the British Museum, and vol.4 (1968) contains charters from other British archives.

Robertson, Agnes J., ed and trans. Anglo-Saxon Charters. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1956.

Abstract: Contains 135 documents and aims to include every kind of deed and record concerned with the transaction of legal business (apart from writs and manumissions.) It opens with two eighth century charters and has extended beyond the Anglo-Saxon period to include six post-Conquest documents. All documents are in the vernacular with English translation, and extensive background notes.

Stenton, Frank M., ed. Documents Illustrative of the Social and Economic History of the Danelaw, From Various Collections. The British Academy. Records of the Social and Economic History of England and Wales, 5. London: Oxford University Press , 1920.

Abstract: Known as the Danelaw Charters.

—, ed. The Latin Charters of the Anglo-Saxon Period . Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955.

Stevenson, Joseph, ed. Chronicon Monasterii De Abingdon. 2 Vols. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores (Rolls Series), 2. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1858.

Abstract: Contains Anglo Saxon charters.

Thorpe, Benjamin, ed. Diplomatarium Anglicum Aevi Saxonici; a Collection of English Charters, From the Reign of King Aethelbert of Kent, A.D. DC. V. to That of William the Conqueror … With a Translation of the Anglo-Saxon. London: Macmillan, 1865.

Abstract: A collection of some 325 English charters from the reign of Aethelbert of Kent, AD 605 to the Norman Conquest, with a translation of the Anglo-Saxon. Contents: I, Miscellaneous charters; II, Wills; III, Guilds; IV, Manumissions and acquitances.

Wigram, Spencer R., ed. The Cartulary of the Monastery of St. Frideswide at Oxford. 2 Vols . Oxford Historical Society Publications, 28, 31. Oxford: Oxford Historical Society, 1985.

Abstract: Vol. 1 contains general and city charters.

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.


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