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Chronicles and Documents of Medieval England, c.1150-c.1500: Parts 1 and 2

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Introduction: Chronicles and Documents of Medieval England, c

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


This collection contains over one hundred of the importanthistorical volumes from the Cambridge University Library. The themes includepolitics, law, religion and land-ownership.


Important volumes concerning landownership, rights andprivileges include the Blank Book of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, commencingin the twelfth century (Mm IV); the Cellarers 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 anumber of volumes containing significant legal material, such as Hh.III.11, afourteenth 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. Severalversions of Geoffrey of Monmouths History of Britain and RanulphHigdens Polychronicon are included together with copies of the CronicaFratris Martini Poloni, John Capgraves Chronicle from the Creation on1417, the Chronicon Abindon 1216-1307 by R. Gisburnum and a Kalendarfor the year 1219-1256. There is also a history of the Dukes of Normandy, LaGeste de France.


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