Introduction: Chronicles and Documents of Medieval England, c. 1150-c. 1500


This collection contains over one hundred of the important historical volumes from the Cambridge University Library. The themes include politics, law, religion and land-ownership.


Important volumes concerning landownership, rights and privileges include the Blank Book of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, commencing in the twelfth century (Mm IV); the Cellarer’s Register from the same Abbey (Gg.IV.4); a Cartulary of the Priory of St. Gregory at Canterbury (Ll.II.15) and a formulary of the Monastery of St. Albans (Ee.IV.20). There are also a number of volumes containing significant legal material, such as Hh.III.11, a fourteenth century book of statutes and tracts.


There are a large number of Chronicles in the collection, including some volumes from the library of Archbishop Matthew Parker. Several versions of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of Britain and Ranulph Higden’s Polychronicon are included together with copies of the Cronica Fratris Martini Poloni, John Capgrave’s Chronicle from the Creation on 1417, the Chronicon Abindon 1216-1307 by R. Gisburnum and a Kalendar for the year 1219-1256. There is also a history of the Dukes of Normandy, La Geste de France.


The foliation of a number of manuscripts is inconsistent and some are not foliated. There are also a number of pages missing which, when checked, were found to be missing from the original materials.