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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).

Birch, Walter de Gray. Cartularium Saxonicum: a Collection of Charters Relating to Anglo-Saxon History. 3 Vols. London: Whiting, 1885-1893.
Abstract: Collection of 1,354 charters translated into Latin. Vol. 1, AD 430-839; Vol. 2, AD 840-947; Vol. 3, AD 948-975. Includes a number of documents not in Kemble's Codex diplomaticus aevi saxonici.

British Academy - Royal Historical Society. Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters. Anglo-SaxonCharters. v. London: Oxford University Press, 1973-.
Notes: Some material from this project is also available online, in some cases in provisional form, at http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/chartwww/charthome.html
Abstract: Texts in Old English or Latin. A series of publications from the cartularies of various abbeys and city corporations. Published to date: No. 1, Rochester; No. 2, Burton Abbey; No. 3, Sherborne; No. 4, St. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury; No. 5, Shaftesbury Abbey; No. 6, Selsey; No. 7 and 8, Adingdon; No. 9, New Minster, Winchester; No. 10, St. Pauls, London; No. 11, Malmesbury; No. 12, St. Albans; No. 13, Bath and Wells.

---, and Simon D. Keynes. KEMBLE. Cambridge: The Committee, 1997-.
Notes: Available online at http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/chartwww/charthome.html
Abstract: Based on an ongoing project to prepare a new edition of the corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters. The constitutent volumes in the series, each representing the charters formerly preserved in the archives of a particular religious house, are published for the British Academy by the Oxford University Press. When completed, the series will comprise approximately 30 volumes. Some of this material is mounted, in some cases in provisional form, on this website.
Among the contents:


Earle, John, ed. Hand-Book to the Land Charters and Other Saxonic Documents. Oxford: Clarendon, 1888.
Notes: Also available online in MOML (subscription database)
Abstract: 250 documents. The introduction deals with the language and structure of charters. Much attention is devoted to gesiths and laenland. Text in Latin with English notes. The Anglo-Saxon portions have a translation in a parallel column.

Edwards, Edward, ed. Liber Monasterii De Hyda; Comprising a Chronicle of the Affairs of England, From the Settlement of the Saxons to the Reign of King Cnut; and a Chartulary of the Abbey of Hyde, in Hampshire. A.D. 455-1023. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores (Rolls Series), 45. London : Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1866.
Abstract: Introduction and notes in English. Texts in Latin, Anglo-Saxon, and Middle English. Translations provided for the Anglo-Saxon charters.

Edwards, Heather, ed. The Charters of the Early West Saxon Kingdom. BAR British series, 198. Oxford: B.A.R., 1988.
Gelling, Margaret, ed. The Early Charters of the Thames Valley . Studies in Early English History, 7. Leicester: Leicester University Press , 1979.

Harbin, Edward H. B., ed. Two Cartularies of the Benedictine Abbeys of Muchelney and Athelney in the County of Somerset. Somerset Record Society Publications, 14. London: The Society, 1899.
Abstract: Contains Anglo Saxon charters.

Harmer, Florence E., ed. Anglo-Saxon Writs . 2nd ed. Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1989.
Abstract: Contains a general introduction, discussion and the texts of 120 Anglo-Saxon writs ranging in date from King Aethelred II to King Harold II. Printed in the original Old English with English translation, and with some Latin versions included. The new edition is a combination of two works: the original 1952 Anglo Saxon Writs, and an essay, "A Bromfield and Coventry Writ of King Edward the Confessor," from The Anglo Saxons, edited by Peter Clemoes, (1959).

---, ed and trans. Select English Historical Documents of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1914.
Abstract: Anglo-Saxon texts of royal charters, grants and privileges with English translations.

Hart, Cyril R., ed. The Early Charters of Northern England and the North Midlands . Studies in Early English History, 6. Leicester: Leicester University Press , 1975.

Hearne, Thomas, ed. Hemingi Chartularium Ecclesiae Wigorniensis. Oxford: Theatro Sheldoniano, 1723.
Abstract: Text in Latin

Hearne, Thomas, Ernulf , Bishop of Rochester, and Leonard Hutton, ed. Textus Roffensis. Accedunt, Professionum Antiquorum Angliae Episcoporum Formulae, De Canonica Obedientia Archiepiscopis Cantuariensibus Praestanda. Oxford: E Theatro Sheldoniano, 1720.
Abstract: Text in Latin with parts in Anglo-Saxon. Created during the reign of , it is primarily a register or Henry I chartulary of Rochester Cathedral. However it also contains Laws of the Anglo-Saxon Kings, including the earliest written laws in any Germanic language, those of King Ethelbert of Kent (d. 616).

Hoare, Richard C., J. Ingram, Sharon Turner, Thomas D. Fosbroke, and Thomas Phillipps , eds. Registrum Wiltunense, Saxonicum Et Latinum, in Museo Britannico Asservatum, Ab Anno Regis Alfredi 892, Ad Annum Regis Eadwardi 1045. London: Nicholson, 1827.
Abstract: Text in Latin

Hooke, Della, ed. Warwickshire Anglo-Saxon Charter Bounds . Studies in Anglo-Saxon History, 10. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 1999.

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.




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