Anglo-Saxon Charters

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A. J. Robertson
Cambridge University Press, Dec 17, 2009 - History - 594 pages
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This volume, first published in 1939 (2nd ed., 1956), contains the original Old English texts, with translations and commentaries, of over 130 documents dating from the ninth, tenth and eleventh centuries. It includes royal and 'private' (nonroyal) charters, some episcopal leases, a few wills, and several records generated by processes of litigation; it also includes a number of miscellaneous texts, such as inventories and estate surveys. The reissue of Dr Robertson's book is complemented by reissues of Florence Harmer's Select English Historical Documents of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries (1914), and of Dorothy Whitelock's Anglo-Saxon Wills (1930). Between them, the three volumes represent the surviving corpus of Anglo-Saxon documents in the vernacular, to set beside the corpus of royal diplomas (in Latin) and writs (in English), and the corpus of Anglo-Saxon legislation, and to serve at the same time as evidence of the uses of written English in the Anglo-Saxon period.
  

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This is probably the best book about Anglo-Saxon charters I have read this week.
The charter "Lease of land by Oswald Archbishop of York and Bishop of Worcester to Eadric" made me burst into tears
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One little point of criticism: I think A.J. Robertson's typewriter needs a bit of maintenance.
 

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Contents

Remission of dues on two ships
2
The will of iEthelnoth and Gaenburg
4
King Ceolwulf and Bromsgrove
6
Lawsuit about woodpasture
8
The will of Badanoth Beotting
10
Agreement between Ceolred Abbot of Peter borough and Wulfred
12
Grant of land by King flEthelwulf to the Old Minster Winchester
14
Summary of a Latin charter
16
Record of a lawsuit between Wynflaed and Leof wine
136
Lease of land by Oswald Archbishop of York and Bishop of Worcester to Eadric
138
Two grants of land to St Cuthberts
140
Lease of land by the abbot and the community at the New Minster Winchester to Wulfmaer
142
Grant of land by flElfhelm to his goldsmith
144
Grant of lands by Ulfketel to Bury St Edmunds
146
Grant of swinepasture in Kent
148
A Worcestershire marriage agreement
149

Grant of land by King iEthelred I to Earl flslfstan
22
Bequest of King Alfred to Shaftesbury
24
Lease of land by Ealhferth Bishop of Winchester
26
Lease of land by Denewulf Bishop of Winchester
28
Bequest of Ceolwin to Winchester
30
Lease of land by Werfrith Bishop of Worcester to Wulfsige
34
to jEthelred and Ethelflaed
35
Lease of land to Denewulf Bishop of Winchester
38
Grant of land by Wilfrith Bishop of Worcester
42
Grant of land by Earl Ethelstan to Abingdon
44
Grant of land by King Edred to Elfsige Hun
57
Lease of land by Oswald Bishop of Worcester
62
Exchange of lands between Ethelwold Bishop
68
List of sureties for Peterborough estates
74
History of the estate of Wouldham Kent
84
History of the estates of Sunbury and Send
90
Lease of land by Oswald Bishop of Worcester
96
Adjustment of the boundaries between
102
Statement by Oswald Archbishop of York
110
Lease of land by Oswald Archbishop of York
114
Grant of lands by Earl Thored to St Cuthberts
124
and Bishop of Worcester to Beornheah and Brihtstan page
130
and Bishop of Worcester to Ethelmaer
134
A Kentish marriage agreement
150
Agreement between the community at Wor cester and Fulder
154
Lease of land by Abbot Elfweard and the community at Evesham to Ethelmaer
156
Charter of Cnut to Christchurch Canterbury
158
Lawsuit about a Worcestershire estate
162
Types of tenure among church lands in York shire
164
Grant of land by King Cnut to Christchurch Canterbury
168
Lease of land by Brihtheah Bishop of Wor
172
Grant in reversion to Bury St Edmunds
178
Purchase of an estate in Herefordshire
186
Purchase of an estate in Kent
192
Lease of land by Stigand Bishop of Winchester
202
Lease of land by Ealdred Bishop of Worcester
208
Grant by Brihtmaer of Gracechurch to Christ
216
The gifts of Bishop Leofric to Exeter page
226
The Burghal hidage
246
Fragment of a will from Bury St Edmunds
252
Notes
259
Index Nominum
507
Index Locorum
527
Index Rerum
544
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