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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.
Bemont, Charles. Chartes Des Libertes Anglaises (1100-1303) . Paris: A. Picard, 1892.
Abstract: Latin text. Contains critical texts of the charters of Henry I, Stephen, Henry II, and John,the articles of the barons, the Charter of the Forest of 1217, the Magna Carta, Henry III's confirmation of 1225, and Edward I's confirmations.

Bemont, Charles. Chartes Des Libertes Anglaises (1100-1303) . Paris: A. Picard, 1892.
Abstract: Latin text. Contains critical texts of the charters of Henry I, Stephen, Henry II, and John,the articles of the barons, the Charter of the Forest of 1217, the Magna Carta, Henry III's confirmation of 1225, and Edward I's confirmations..

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.

Denholm-Young, Noel, ed. Magna Carta and Other Charters of English Liberties. London: Guyon House Press , 1938.
Abstract: Contents: The coronation charter of Henry I, AD 1100; The charter of Stephen, AD 1135; The coronation charter of Henry II, AD 1154; The unknown charter of liberties, AD 1214; The Great Charter of 1215; Charter of the Forest of 1217, AD 1217; The great charter of AD 1225.

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.

Howlett, Richard, ed. Chronicles of the Reigns of Stephen, Henry II., and Richard I. 4 Vols. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores (Rolls Series), 82. London: Longman, 1884-1989.
Abstract: Text in Latin. Contents:
Vol. 1, The first four books of the Historia rerum anglicarum of William of Newburgh
Vol. 2, The fifth book of the Historia rerum anglicarum, of William of Newburgh. A continuation of William of Newburgh's history to AD 1298. The Draco normannicus, of Etienne de Rouen
Vol. 3, The Gesta Stephani regis Anglorum; The chronicle of Richard, prior of Hexham; The Relatio de standardo, of St. Aelred, abbot of Rievaulx; The metrical chronicle of Jordan Fantosme; The chronicle of Richard of Devizes
Vol. 4, The chronicle of Robert of Torigni, abbot of the monastery of St. Michael-in-peril-of-the-sea.

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.

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.

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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