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4.2.1.2 Close Rolls

Closed correspondence containing private instructions by kings to individuals, they include writs of summons of the peers, and writs of election for the commons. The proceedings relating to tenure are often entered on the close roll, together with the records of judicial proceedings before the king's council.


Great Britain. Public Record Office. Close Rolls of the Reign of Henry III : Preserved in the Public Record Office. 14 Vols. London: HMSO, 1902-1938.
Abstract: Text in Latin. Contents: Vol. 1, 1227-1231; Vol. 2, 1231-1234; Vol. 3, 1234-1237; Vol. 4, 1237-1242; Vol. 5, 1242-1247; Vol. 6, 1247-1251; Vol. 7, 1251-1253; Vol. 8, 1253-1254; Vol. 9, 1254-1256; Vol. 10, 1256-1259; Vol. 11, 1259-1261; Vol. 12, 1261-1264; Vol. 13, 1264-1268; Vol. 14, 1268-1272.

Hardy, Thomas D., ed. Rotuli Litterarum Clausarum (1204-27) in Turri Londinensi Asservati. 2 Vols. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode , 1833-1844.
Abstract: Published under the direction of the Commisioners of the Public Records. Contains writs of summons of the peers, and the writs of election for the commons, together with many parliamentary proceedings, such as writs issued by the authority of the legislature for the reigns of John and Henry III. Vol. 1, 1204-1224; Vol. 2, 1224-1227. The introduction, which contains a discussion on the history of equitable jurisdiction, was also issued separately as A description of the Close Rolls, with an account of the early courts of law and equity (1833). Text in Latin.

Morton, Ann, ed. Close Rolls (Supplementary) of the Reign of Henry III, Preserved in the Public Record Office, 1244-1266. London : HMSO, 1975.
Abstract: Text in Latin.
 

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