Letters and Administrative Records

  • Foedera, conventions, litterae, et cujuscumque generic acta publica inter reges Angliae et alios quosvis imperatores, reges, pontifices, principes, vel communitates (1101-1654).
    • 1st edition: ed. T. Rymer. 20 vols. London, 1704-35. vols. 16-17 ed. Robert Sanderson.
    • 2nd edition ed. George Holmes, 17 vols. London: Tonson, 1727-9.
    • 3rd edition 10 vols. The Hague, 1739-45.
    • New edition (1069-1383) by Adam Clarke, Frederick Holbrook and John Caley. 4 vols. in 7 parts. London, Record Commission, 1816-69 (vol. 4 printed in 1833, published in 1869.) This edition includes many municipal charters. Although incomplete, this is considered the best edition. TEXT PAGES: thousands.ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Latin, Anglo-Norman, and English. TRANSLATION: No. RECORD AUTHORITY: Central Govt-Diplomacy. RECORD TYPE: DATES COVERED: 1101-1654.

      COMMENTS: Contains a wide variety of diplomatic and official documents regarding England’s relations with other countries, rulers, and religious leaders. Many relate to military and naval campaigns, appointment of various officials, piracy, mercantile reprisals, and a whole host of other issues. Extracted from official documents (e.g., close rolls, patent rolls, fine rolls), diplomatic correspondence, treatises, and charters. Many are in Anglo-Norman. This was a great national work funded at public expense. Rymer was appointed editor in 1693. For description of all the editions, an index, and chronological abstract of editions, see Syllabus of Documents in Rymer’s ‘Foedera’ by T. D. Hardy, 3 vols. (London: HMSO, 1869-85). See also the Introduction printed as pp. 1-xii of vol. I of Foedera (Record Commission, 1816).

  • Anglo-Norman Letters and Petitions, from All Souls MS. 182, ed. M. Dominica Legge. Oxford: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1941. TEXT PAGES: 469. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Anglo-Norman. TRANSLATION: No. RECORD AUTHORITY: Central Govt. RECORD TYPE: Letter. DATES COVERED: c.1390-1412. ARCHIVAL REF: All Souls MS. 182.
    COMMENTS: Includes 412 items to and from various government and ecclesiastical officials. There is a wide variety of documents: official treaties between monarchs, writs of summons, safe-passages, political messages, and personal letters between family members. Many of the letters are anonymous. There is also a glossary of AN terms.
  • Scott, E. and Gilliodts van Severen, L., eds. Le Cotton Ms. Galba B.I. Documents pour servir à l’histoire des relations entre l’Angleterre et la Flandre e 1341 à 1473. Brussels, 1896. TEXT PAGES: c520. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Anglo-Norman & Latin. TRANSLATION: No. RECORD AUTHORITY: Central Govt-For Affairs. RECORD TYPE: Register of Letters. DATES COVERED: 1341-1473. ARCHIVAL REF: BL Cotton Ms. Galba B.I.
    COMMENTS: Includes 188 items, 54 previously published in Royal and Historical Letters During the Reign of Henry the Fourth. Most documents are letters concerning treaties with other countries, instructions to and and responses from English deputies and ambassadors (especially those in Flanders), petitions from English merchants abroad, and letters between the king, council, and foreign nobles. Most letters date from 1404 to 1405. Most in Anglo-Norman, some in Latin, and one in ME. Appendix contains extracts from English account rolls of expenses in France to show payments for delivery of letters or rewards to messengers. Appendix also contains an inquisition on prizes taken by corsairs in Flanders, 1403-15, with depositions by many Flemish merchants and mariners (pp. 477-508), and ‘conferences’ of Bruges, 1364-76.
  • C. M. Woolgar, ed. “Wardrobe Account for Sir John Mauduyt, 29 September 1312-c. May 1314,” in Household Accounts from Medieval England, Part 2. British Academy Records of Social and Economic History, n.s., XVIII. Oxford, 1993, pp. 585-88. TEXT PAGES: 3. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Anglo-Norman. TRANSLATION: No. RECORD AUTHORITY: Seigneurial. RECORD TYPE: Accounts—Household. DATES COVERED: 1314-14. ARCHIVAL REF: PRO, E101/506/19.
    COMMENTS: Expenditure by Sir John and his wife, including cloth for livery, wages for household staff, payments to minstrels. Also a short section of receipts.
  • C. M. Woolgar, ed. “Supporting Documents for the Account of the Treasurer of William de Montagu, second Earl of Salisbury,” in Household Accounts from Medieval England, Part 2. British Academy Records of Social and Economic History, n.s., XVIII. Oxford, 1993, pp. 588-91. TEXT PAGES: 3. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Anglo-Norman. TRANSLATION :No. RECORD AUTHORITY: Seigneurial. RECORD TYPE: Accounts—Household. DATES COVERED: 1367-68. ARCHIVAL REF: PRO, E101/509/11.
    COMMENTS: Used at the audit of the household account, these documents list payments for wages, debts, and legal services.
  • C. M. Woolgar, ed. “Account of the Wardrobe and Household Expenses for the Houseold of Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March, 1413-1414,” in Household Accounts from Medieval England, Part 2. British Academy Records of Social and Economic History, n.s., XVIII. Oxford, 1993, pp. 592-88-91. TEXT PAGES: 3. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Anglo-Norman. TRANSLATION :No. RECORD AUTHORITY: Seigneurial. RECORD TYPE: Accounts—Household. DATES COVERED: 1367-68. ARCHIVAL REF: PRO, E101/509/11.
    COMMENTS: Used at the audit of the household account, these documents list payments for wages, debts, and legal services.