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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).

Barraclough, Geoffrey, ed. The Charters of the Anglo-Norman Earls of Chester, C. 1071-1237. Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire Series, 126. Chester: Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1988.
Abstract: Text in Latin.

Bates, David, ed. Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum: the Acta of William I, 1066-1087. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998.
Abstract: Text in Latin, with bibliographical references and indexes.

Bishop, Terence A. M., V. H. Galbraith, and Pierre Chaplais, eds. Facsimiles of English Royal Writs to A.D. 1100, Presented to Vivian Hunter Galbraith. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957.
Abstract: Includes transcriptions of the documents, and commentaries.

Davis, H. W. Carless, Robert J. Whitwell, Charles Johnson, and H. A. Cronne, eds. Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum, 1066-1154. 4 Vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913-1969.
Notes: Also available online in KEMBLE at http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/chartwww/charthome.html
Abstract: Vol. 1, Regesta Willelmi Conquistoris et Wilhelmi Rufi, edited by H.W. Davis, provides a calendar of documents, chronologically arranged and critically annotated, of the royal acts of the period. An appendix gives ninety-two charters in full, including forty-seven of William II.
Vol. 2, Regesta Henrici Primi, 1066-1135, edited by Charles Johnson and H. A. Cronne, also provides a calendar of documents, chronologically arranged and critically annotated, of the royal acts of the period.
Vol. 3, Regesta Regis Stephani ac Mathildis Imperatricis ac Gaufridi et Henrici Ducum Normannorum, 1135-1154, edited by H. A. Cronne and R. H. C. David, includes the texts of the charters in full, arranged by beneficiary, rather than chronologically.
Vol. 4, contains facsimiles of original charters and writs of King Stephen, the Empress Matilda, and Dukes Geoffrey and Henry, 1135-1154, edited by H. A. Cronne and R. H. C. Davis.

Farrer, William, and Charles T. Clay, ed. Early Yorkshire Charters: Being a Collection of Documents Anterior to the Thirteenth Century Made From the Public Records, Monastic Chartularies, Roger Dodsworth's Manuscripts and Other Available Sources. 10 Vols. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series, Extra Series, 1-3, 5- ed. Edinburgh: Ballantyne, Hanson & Co., 1914-1952.

Giles, John A., ed. Scriptores Rerum Gestarum Willelmi Conquestoris. Publications of the Caxton Society, 3. New York: Burt Franklin, 1967.
Abstract: Text in Latin. Reprint of the 1845 edition. Contains letters and charters of William the Conqueror.

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.

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.

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.

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).
 

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