Medieval source material on the internet: Miscellaneous public records


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  • Welsh Records. Calendar of Recognizance Rolls of the Palatinate of Chester. [Part 1.] From the earliest period [Edward II] to the end of the reign of Henry IV. (HathiTrust Digital Library)
    From CHES 2. Arranged alphabetically. (36th Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, Appendix II, p. 1; 1875)
  • Welsh Records. Calendar of Recognizance Rolls of the Palatinate of Chester. [Part 2.] 1 Henry V-24 Henry VII. (HathiTrust Digital Library)
    From CHES 2. Arranged alphabetically. (37th Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, Appendix II, p. 1; 1876)
  • Welsh Records. Calendar of Recognizance Rolls of the Palatinate of Chester. [Part 3.] 1 Henry VIII-11 George IV. (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    From CHES 2. Arranged alphabetically. (39th Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, Appendix, p. 1; 1878)
  • Welsh Records. Calendar of Warrants, Signed Bills, and Privy Seals, of the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, with one of Henry VI and one of Elizabeth ... Counties of Chester and Flint. (HathiTrust Digital Library)
    From CHES 1/2. Arranged alphabetically. (26th Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, Appendix, p. 16; 1865)
  • Welsh Records. Calendar of all Writs of General Livery, Ouster-le-Main, etc. Elizabeth, James I, and Charles I. ... County of Chester. (HathiTrust Digital Library)
    From CHES 1/4. Arranged alphabetically. (26th Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, Appendix, p. 32; 1865)
  • Calendar of state papers, colonial series:
  • Richard Welford Records of the committees for compounding, etc. with delinquent royalists in Durham and Northumberland during the civil war, etc. 1643-1660 (1905) (Google Books [Hints and tips])
    Surtees Society, volume 111.
    [Other copies at: Internet Archive - Text Archive:  1 ;  2 ;  3 ;  4 ;  5 .]
  • John Brownbill, ed., The royalist composition papers; being the proceedings of the committee for compounding, A.D. 1643-1660, so far as they relate to the county of Lancaster ... Volume 5. P-R. (1917) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, volume 72.
  • George Wrottesley, Crecy and Calais, from the original records in the Public Record Office. (1898) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    Reprinted from the Proceedings of the William Salt Archaeological Society. Includes extracts from French Rolls 19-21 Edward III, Queen's Remembrancer's Memoranda Rolls 21-35 Edward III, Wetewang's Accounts, Norman Roll 20 Edward III, Calais Roll (Patent Roll 21 Edward III, Part 4).
  • Domestic: Calendar of state papers, domestic series, of the reigns of Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth [etc]:
  • Elizabethan State Papers Project (WAALT: the Wiki for the Anglo-American Legal Tradition Website)
    Lists and transcriptions of documents from State Papers Domestic Elizabeth (SP 12), the Lansdowne Manuscripts at the British Library and the Cecil Papers at Hatfield House. This continues the work begun by the University of Hull State Papers Project.
  • Durham, Palatinate of:
  • Exchequer:
  • Exchequer: Augmentation Office:
  • Exchequer: Escheators' Accounts:
  • Exchequer: King's Remembrancer:
  • Exchequer: Treasury of Receipt:
  • J. M. Rigg, ed., Select pleas, starrs, and other records from the rolls of the exchequer of the Jews, A.D. 1220-1284 (1902) (Google Books [Hints and tips])
    Latin transcripts with English translations. Financial and judicial records relating to the Jews.
    [Other copies at: Internet Archive - Text Archive:  1 ;  2 ;  3 ;  4 .]
  • Henry II: Léopold Delisle, Recueil des actes de Henri II, roi d'Angleterre et duc de Normandie, concernant les provinces françaises et les affaires de France (3 vols; 1909-1927) (gallica; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; numbers for "Recherche libre" field: N005897, N005899, N005900)
    PDF format
  • Letters and papers, foreign and domestic, of the reign of Henry VIII:
  • House of Commons: Journal of the House of Commons: volume 1 (British History Online)
    The official minute book of the House of Commons, covering 1547-1629. Later volumes of the same series are also available on the same site
  • House of Lords: Journal of the House of Lords (British History Online)
    Later volumes of the same series are also available on the same site
  • Calendar of the state papers relating to Ireland, of the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth:
  • Ireland: A roll of the proceedings of the King's council in Ireland, for a portion of the sixteenth year of the reign of Richard the Second, A.D. 1392-93 (gallica; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; number for "Recherche libre" field: N050327)
    PDF format; French text and English translation from the edition of the Rev. James Graves (Rolls Series 69; 1877)
  • Joseph Hunter, ed., Rotuli selecti ad res Anglicas et Hibernicas spectantes ... (1834) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    Latin transcripts in record type of the patent roll, 7 John, original writ and return of all discharges of debt, etc., granted by the Irish exchequer, Henry V and Henry VI, and six rolls of pleas de terris datis et occupatis, etc., Henry III.
    [Other copies at: Google Books [Hints and tips].]
  • Ireland: The Spenser Letters (Hap Hazard, Cambridge University) [temporarily unavailable, 4 November 2007]
    Online edition - in progress - of the letters of Edmund Spenser, in his capacity as secretary to Lord Grey, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, 1580-1582, from PRO class SP63 and other sources. Images of the letters are to be added
  • Lancaster, Duchy and Palatinate of:
  • A Letter from Llywelyn ab Iorwerth Prince of Wales, to Stephen de Segrave co-regent for King Henry III of England, during the summer of 1230 (Jon Crump, University of Washington)
    Images and Latin transcript of PRO SC1/11/58, a document which long went unrecognised because of its poor condition
  • Royal and historical letters during the reign of Henry the Fourth, king of England and of France, and lord of Ireland (gallica; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; numbers for "Recherche libre" field: N050170, N050171)
    PDF format; texts, and parallel English translations, from the edition of the Rev. F.C. Hingeston (Rolls Series 18, vols 1 and 2; 1860, 1865)
  • Letters and papers illustrative of the reigns of Richard III and Henry VII (gallica; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; numbers for "Recherche libre" field: N050188, N050189)
    PDF format; texts from the edition of James Gairdner (Rolls Series 24, vols 1 and 2; 1861, 1863)
  • Magna Carta. Among many versions available on the internet: (N.B. Magna Carta is, if anything, more highly revered today in North America than in England. In some quarters, the ability to trace a descent from one of the 25 barons chosen as "sureties" for the charter is viewed as a great distinction, and a National Society exists for those able to do so. The Society's web site includes biographical notes on these barons, and a listing of others who took the barons' side against King John.)
  • Parliament:
  • Chiddingstone Early Poor Law Accounts (Kent Archaeological Society)
    Text of an article by June Gibbons, published as Archaeologia Cantiana, vol. 73, pp. 193-195 (1959), on 16th-century accounts of the collectors for the poor
  • Sir Harris Nicolas, ed., Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council of England. Volume 2. [1410-1422] (1834) (Google Books [Hints and tips])
    Mainly French transcripts.
    [Other copies at: Internet Archive - Text Archive.]
  • Sir Harris Nicolas, ed., Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council of England. Volume 3. [1422-1429] (1834) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    French and Latin transcripts.
  • Sir Harris Nicolas, ed., Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council of England. Volume 5. [1436-1443] (1835) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    English and Latin transcripts.
    [Other copies at: Internet Archive - Text Archive.]
  • Sir Harris Nicolas, ed., Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council of England. Volume 6. [1443-1461] (1837) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    Mainly English transcripts.
  • Sir Harris Nicolas, ed., Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council of England. Volume 7. [1540-1542] (1837) (Google Books [Hints and tips])
    Mainly English transcripts.
  • Privy purse expenses of Elizabeth of York: Wardrobe accounts of Edward IV. (Richard III Society)
    Text from the edition of Nicholas Harris Nicolas (1830).
  • H. W. C. Davis, ed. (with R. J. Whitwell), Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum. Volume 1. Regesta Willelmi Conquestoris et Willelmi Rufi 1066-1100 (1913) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    English abstracts of royal acts.
    [Other copies at: Internet Archive - Text Archive:  1 ;  2 .]
  • Charles Johnson and H. A. Cronne, eds, Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum. Volume 2. Regesta Henrici Primi 1100-1135. (1956) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    English abstracts of royal acts.
  • H. A. Cronne and R. H. C. Davis, eds, Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum. Volume 3. Regesta Regis Stephani ac Mathildis Imperatricis ac Gaufridi et Henrici Ducum Normannorum 1135-1154. (1968) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    Latin transcripts of royal acts.
  • H. A. Cronne and R. H. C. Davis, eds, Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum 1066-1154. Volume 4. Facsimiles of original charters and writs of King Stephen the Empress Matilda and Dukes Geoffrey and Henry 1135-1154. (1969) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
  • Thomas Rymer, Foedera, conventiones, literae, et cujuscunque generis acta publica ...("Rymer's foedera")
  • [Benjamin Thorpe] Appendix B to a report on Rymer's Foedera by Charles Purton Cooper. ([1869]) (Google Books [Hints and tips])
  • Charles Purton Cooper, A chronological catalogue of The Materials transcribed for the new edition of the Foedera. (1869) (Google Books [Hints and tips])
    Appendix E of Cooper's report on Rymer's Foedera. Abstracts in English. Pages 1-160 only, covering 1343-1576.
    [Other copies at: Google Books [Hints and tips].]
  • Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy, Syllabus (in english) of the documents relating to England and other kingdoms contained in the collection known as 'Rymer's foedera' (3 vols; 1869-1885) (gallica; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; numbers for "Recherche libre" field: N095994, N096033, N096034)
    PDF format
  • Thomas Duffus Hardy, Syllabus (in English) of the documents relating to England and other kingdoms contained in the collection known as "Rymer's Foedera." Volume 1. 1066-1377. (1869) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
    [Other copies at: Google Books [Hints and tips]; Internet Archive - Text Archive.]
  • Thomas Duffus Hardy, Syllabus (in English) of the documents relating to England and other kingdoms contained in the collection known as "Rymer's Foedera."; Volume 2. 1377-1654. (1873) (Internet Archive - Text Archive)
  • Privy purse expenses of Elizabeth of York: Wardrobe accounts of Edward IV (Richard III Society - American Branch: On Line Library Text and Essays)
    Text from the edition of Nicholas Harris Nicolas (1830)