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11.2 - General History

Adams, George B. Council and Courts in Anglo-Norman England. Yale Historical Publications. Studies, 5. Newhaven: Yale University of Press, 1926.
Abstract: Based on law review articles from Yale Law Journal and the Columbia Law Review.
---. The History of England From the Norman Conquest to the Death of John (1066-1216) . London, New York: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1905.

Blair, Peter H. An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Butt, Ronald. A History of Parliament: the Middle Ages. London: Constable, 1989.

Carpenter, David. The Reign of Henry III. London: Hambledon Press, 1996.

Chadwick, H. Munro. Studies on Anglo-Saxon Institutions . New York: Russell & Russell, 1905.
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: Reprinted in 1963.

Chambers, Raymond W. England Before the Norman Conquest. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press , 1926.
Abstract: Reprinted in 1970.

Cheney, Christopher R. English Bishops' Chanceries, 1100-1250 . University of Manchester. Faculty of Arts Publications, 3. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1950.

Chrimes, Stanley B. An Introduction to the Administrative History of Medieval England. Studies in Medieval History, 7. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1966.

Clanchy, M. T. From Memory to Written Record, England 1066-1307. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1993.

Clark, George N., Gen. ed. Oxford History of England. 14 Vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1937-1965.
Abstract: Volumes of interest for the medieval period are:
Vol, 2, Anglo-Saxon England. 550 - 1087, by Frank Stenton. 2nd ed., 1947
Vol. 3, From Domesday Book to Magna Carta. 1087 - 1216, by Austin L. Poole. 2nd ed., 1955
Vol. 4, The Thirteenth Century. 1216 - 1307, by Maurice Powicke. 2nd ed., 1962
Vol. 5, The Fourteenth Century. 1307 - 1399, by May McKisack. 1959
Vol. 6 The Fifteenth Century, 1399-1485, by Ernest F. Jacob. 1961
Vol. 7, The Early Tudors. 1485 - 1558, by John D.Mackie. 1952
Each volume contains valuable bibliographies of the period.

Clarke, John J. A History of Local Government of the United Kingdom. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1955.

Davies, R. G., and J. H. Denton , eds. The English Parliament in the Middle Ages. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1981.

Denholm-Young, Noel. Seignorial Administration in England. London: F. Cass, 1937.
Abstract: Reprinted in 1963.

Fryde, E. B., and Edward Miller. Historical Studies of the English Parliament. 2 Vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970.
Abstract: Vol. 1, Origins to 1399; Vol. 2, 1399-1603

Fryde, Natalie. The Tyranny and Fall of Edward II, 1321-1326. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.

Galbraith, Vivian H. Kings and Chroniclers: Essays in English Medieval History. London: Hambledon Press, 1982.

Gorski, Richard. The Fourteenth-Century Sheriff: English Local Administration in the Late Middle Ages. Woodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, N.Y.: Boydell Press, 2003.

Harriss, Gerald L. King, Parliament, and Public Finance in Medieval England to 1369. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975.

Henry, of Huntingdon, and Diana E. Greenway . The History of the English People, 1000-1154. Oxford World's Classics. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Abstract: Translated from the Latin, with an introduction and notes by Diana Greenway.

Hodgkin, Robert H. A History of the Anglo-Saxons. 2 Vols. 3rd ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1952.

Hyams, Paul R. Rancor & Reconciliation in Medieval England. Ithica, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Jewell, Helen M. English Local Administration in the Middle Ages. Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1972.

Jolliffe, John E. A. Angevin Kingship. 2nd ed. London: Black, 1963.
Abstract: Some scholars, including H.G. Richardson, have strong reservations about the author's thesis.

Loyn, Henry R. The Governance of Anglo-Saxon England, 500-1087. The Governance of England, 1. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1984.

Maitland, Frederic W. Township and Borough. Social Theories of the City, 2. London: Routledge, 1997.
Ormrod, W. M. The Reign of Edward III: Crown and Political Society in England, 1327-1377. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.

Pollard, Albert F. The Evolution of Parliament. 2nd ed. London: Longmans, Green, 1926.
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)

Poole, Reginald L. The Exchequer in the Twelfth Century: the Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford in Michaelmas Term, 1911. London : Frank Cass, 1912.
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: Reprinted in 1973.

Powicke, Frederick M. King Henry III and the Lord Edward: The Community of the Realm in the Thirteenth Century. 2 Vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1947.

Prestwich, Michael. Plantagenet England, 1225-1360. The New Oxford History of England ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press , 2005.
Raban, Sandra. England Under Edward I and Edward II. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.

Richardson, Henry G., and George O. Sayles. The Governance of Medieval England From the Conquest to Magna Carta. Edinburgh University Publications; History, Philosophy and Economics, 16. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1964.
Abstract: Intention of this work is to refute Stubbs's Constitutional History.

Rigby, Stephen H., ed. A Companion to Britain in the Later Middle Ages. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.

Rodes, Robert E. Ecclesiastical Administration in Medieval England; the Anglo-Saxons to the Reformation. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1976.

Roskell, John S. Parliament and Politics in Late Medieval England. 3 Vols. History Series, 7, 8, 20. London: Hambledon Press, 1981-1983.

Round, John H. Feudal England: Historical Studies on the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries . London : G. Allen & Unwin, 1964.

Saul, Nigel, and Chris Given-Wilson, eds. Fourteenth Century England. 2 Vols. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2000-.
Abstract: Vol. 1, edited by Nigel Saul ; Vol. 2, edited by Chris Given-Wilson.

Sayles, George O. The King's Parliament of England. New York: Norton, 1974.
Abstract: Explains the origins and early development of parliament up to the Long Parliament of the Reformation in 1529.

---. The Medieval Foundations of England . London: Methuen, 1966.

Stenton, Frank M. Anglo-Saxon England. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1971.
Abstract: Reprinted in 2000.

---. 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.

Stephenson, Carl. Borough and Town: a Study of Urban Origins in England. Monographs of the Mediaeval Academy of America, 7. Cambridge, Mass.: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1933.

Tait, James. The Medieval English Borough: Studies on Its Origins and Constitutional History. Publications of the University of Manchester, 245. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1936.

Thorpe, Benjamin, ed. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, According to the Several Original Authorities. 2 Vols. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores (Rolls Series), 23. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861.
Abstract: Vol. I, Original texts; Vol. II, Translation. The oldest historical work written in any Germanic language, and the chief basis of our knowledge of Anglo-Saxon? history from AD 732 onward.

Tout, Thomas F. Chapters in the Administrative History of Medieval England; the Wardrobe, the Chamber and the Small Seals. 6 Vols. London: Longmans, Green, 1920-1933.
Abstract: A good account of the early administrative system.

Tout, Thomas F., and Hilda Johnstone . The Place of the Reign of Edward II in English History, Based Upon the Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford in 1913. 2nd ed. Manchester: University Press, 1936.

Turner, Ralph V. King John. London ed. Longman: 1994.

Vinogradoff, Paul. English Society in the Eleventh Century; Essays in English Mediaeval History. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.

Whitelock, Dorothy. History, Law, and Literature in 10th-11th Century England. Collected Studies Series, CS128. London: Variorum Reprints, 1981.

Willard, James F., and William A. Morris. The English Government at Work, 1327-1336. 3 Vols. Mediaeval Academy of America Publication, 37, 48 and 56. Cambridge, Mass.: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1940-1950.
Abstract: Contents: Vol. 1, Central and prerogative administration, edited by J. F. Willard and W. A. Morris; vol. 2, Fiscal administration, edited by W. A. Morris and J. R. Strayer; vol. 3, Local administration and justice, edited by J. F. Willard, W. A. Morris and W. H. Dunham.

William, of Malmesbury, and Roger A. B. Mynors , trans. Gesta Regum Anglorum: The History of the English Kings. 2 Vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1998-1999.
Abstract: Parallel texts in Latin and English. Source manuscripts date from 1125, an earlier draft than Stubbs's edition. A history of published editions and translations appears in v.1 p.xxii.

William, of Malmesbury, and William Stubbs , ed . Willelmi Malmesbiriensis Monachi De Gestis Regum Anglorum Atque Historia Novella. 2 Vols. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores (Rolls Series), 90. London: Printed for H.M. Stationery Off., by Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1887-1989.
Abstract: Text in Latin. Was finished in 1125, but two new recensions appeared ca.1135-40. Derived from Nennius, Bede, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Eadmer and others.

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