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Anglo-Saxon Charters

To publish a critical edition of the entire corpus of charters of the Anglo-Saxon period, such as those ranging in date from between c. 600 and 1066

Chair: Professor Nicholas Vincent FBA

The term 'Anglo-Saxon charter' covers a multitude of documents, ranging in kind from the royal diplomas issued in the names of Anglo-Saxon kings between the last quarter of the seventh century and the Norman Conquest, which are generally in Latin, to the wills of prominent churchmen, laymen, and women, which are generally in the vernacular. The corpus comprises about 1500 texts, of which about 200 are preserved in single-sheet form (including originals, later copies, and forgeries), and of which the remainder are preserved as copies entered in medieval cartularies, or as transcripts made by early modern antiquaries. It has long been recognised that the charters form a vital part of the evidence for our understanding of all aspects of the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England.

This corpus is intended to include all pre-Conquest title deeds known to have survived: that is, all documents relating to grants of land and liberties, whoever their grantee, whatever their diplomatic form — wills and memoranda as well as diplomas and writs, leases as well as grants in perpetuity. The text of each charter (in the original Latin or Old English) is accompanied by a critical apparatus and detailed commentary. An introduction places each archive in context and the series is sponsored jointly with the Royal Historical Society.


1. Charters of Rochester
Editor: A Campbell
ISBN: 0-19-725936-7 hbk (1973, out of print)
110 pages

2. Charters of Burton Abbey
Editor: P H Sawyer
ISBN: 978-0-19-725940-5 hbk (1989)
154 pages, including 4 plates

3. Charters of Sherborne
Editor: M A O’Donovan
ISBN: 978-0-19-726051-7 hbk (1988)
178 pages, including 2 plates

4. Charters of St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury, and Minster-in-Thanet
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726143-9 hbk (1995)
364 pages, including 4 plates

5. Charters of Shaftesbury Abbey
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726151-4 hbk (1996)
190 pages, including 2 plates

6. Charters of Selsey
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 0-19-726175-2 hbk (1998, out of print)
222 pages, including 4 plates

7. Charters of Abingdon Abbey, Part 1
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 0-19-726217-1 hbk (2000, out of print)
438 page, including 4 plates

8. Charters of Abingdon Abbey, Part 2
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 0-19-726221-X hbk (2001, out of print)
478 pages

9. Charters of the New Minster, Winchester
Editor: Sean Miller
ISBN: 0-19-726223-6 hbk (2001, out of print)
302 pages, including 9 plates

10. Charters of St Paul’s, London
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726299-3 hbk (2004)
270 pages, including 2 plates

11. Charters of Malmesbury Abbey
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726317-4 hbk (2006)
350 pages

12. Charters of St Albans
Editor: Julia Crick
ISBN: 978-0-19-726396-9 hbk (2007)
298 pages, including 3 plates

13. Charters of Bath and Wells
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726397-6 hbk (2007)
304 pages, including 2 plates

14. Charters of Peterborough Abbey
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726438-6 hbk (2009)
432 pages

15. Charters of Glastonbury Abbey
Editor: S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726507-9 hbk (2012)
658 pages

16. Charters of Northern Houses
Editor: D A Woodman
ISBN: 978-0-19-726529-1 hbk (2012)
440 pages

17. Charters of Christ Church Canterbury, Part 1
Editor: N P Brooks and S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726535-2 hbk (2013)
714 pages

18. Charters of Christ Church Canterbury, Part 2
Editor: N P Brooks & S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726536-9 hbk (2013)
692 pages

19. Charters of Chertsey Abbey
Editor: by S E Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-19-726556-7 hbk (2015)
216 pages

Supplementary volume

Facsimiles of Anglo-Saxon Charters
Editor: Simon Keynes
ISBN: 0-19-726078-0 hbk (1991, out of print)
80 pages

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