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A searchable edition of the corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters.
With metadata and commentaries provided by Sean Miller.
(670-1066; transcriptions)
JISC-funded project bringing together four searchable databases of Anglo-Saxon sources.
ASChart and eSawyer: Anglo-Saxon charters (6th-11th centuries)
Langscape: Anglo-Saxon estate boundaries and related data (8th-18th centuries)
PASE: Records of inhabitants of England (6th-11th centuries)
(6th to 18th centuries; manuscripts & transcriptions)

Georgetown e-edition (Old English transcription)
(Modern English translation)
(1-1154)

(9th to 16th centuries; facsimiles)
(Transcriptions and translations)

Includes records of religious houses, higher clergy and early urban government.
From British History Online
(11th & 12th centuries, transcriptions)
Includes records of eyres, lay subsidies, higher clergy, religious houses and urban government.
From British History Online
(13th century, transcriptions)
Includes records of lay subsidies raised, urban government, higher clergy and religious houses.
From British History Online
(14th century, transcriptions)
Includes records of urban and metropolitan government, religious houses and higher clergy.
From British History Online
(15th century, transcriptions)

Historical documentation displayed by various themes and date ranges.
(1066-1484; facsimiles, transcriptions and images).

Maps and historical documentation interspersed between commentaries and glossaries.
Also offers a section-by-section color rendering of the Bayeux Tapestry.
(Facsimiles, transcriptions and translations)
Five principal sections that include primary documents online:
Scotland, England, France, Wales, and Ireland.
A well-designed site created by the UK Public Record Office
(1066 - 1603; facsimiles and transcriptions)

(post-1066; modern English translation)

The oldest surviving public record of Britain, a survey of boroughs and manors in England commissioned by William the Conqueror
This online version, at the National Archives, is searchable and includes downloadable images and other explanatory apparatus.
(1085; searchable images and modern translations, explanatory materials)

Primary text sources illustrating medieval English urban life, selected and maintained by Stephen Alsford.
(12th to 15th centuries; English translations from the original Latin, Anglo-Norman French, or Middle English)
including commentary on the questionable authenticity of the papal bull.
(1155; modern English translation).
Proclamation of Henry II of England.
(1164; modern English translation)
An assize of Henry II of England concerning justice.
(1166; modern English translation)

(1189: modern English translation)

(ca. 1190: modern English translation)

Ed. W. Rich Jones and W. Dunn Macray
(London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1891)
(12th-13th centuries; text searchable Google Print facsimiles, mostly in Latin)

Vol. 1 (London: Henry Colburn, 1846)]
(1190-1544; text searchable Google Print facsimiles with updated English transcriptions)

Courtesy of the British Library
(1215; facsimile & English translation from original Latin)
From the Avalon Project
including definitions and index
(1215; modern English translation from original Latin)

A dynamic timeline and map displaying the itinerary of King John for each day of his reign. The data were captured from the itinerary published in the Rotuli Litterarum Patentium in Turri Londinensi Asservati, edited by Thomas Duffus Hardy, and published in 1835.
Scanned page images of the complete text of the Rot. Lit. Pat. are included with Hardy's introduction, gazetteer, and indexes.
(1199-1216; Timeline, Map, Facsimiles: introduction in English, the roll in Latin [record type])

This letter illuminates the complex dynastic and political problems Llywelyn faced in the wake of William de Braose's execution.
(1230; facsimile of original Latin, transcription and analysis)

Zoomable facsimile of only copy in Cambridge University Library
One part of Cambridge's Digital Image Collections.
(1230-1240; facsimile of original Latin)

Royal documents available to the public for the first time.
(1216-1272; facsimile images and searchable modern English translations)

Digitized by the Harvard Law School Library
(1220-1250; English & Latin transcriptions)

Digitised urban landscapes of a group of ‘new towns’ in Britain established in the reign of King Edward I.
The project looks at thirteen towns in detail:
England: Winchelsea
Wales:Aberystwyth, Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Caerwys, Conwy, Cricieth, Flint, Harlech, Holt, Newborough, Overton, and Rhuddlan.
(1277-1303; interactive online atlases).

Proclamation of Edward I of England, reaffirming previous charters and assizes.
(1297; English transcription)

(Transcriptions and translations)

(1286-1329; facsimiles, transcriptions, translations and commentary).

Scotland's declaration of independence
(1320; original Latin plus an English-language translation).

Searchable database containing the proceedings of the Scottish parliament from the first surviving act of 1235 to the union of 1707.
(1235-1707; manuscripts and translations)

(1351; modern English translation)

A virtual page-turner of the greatest British illuminated manuscript of the late Middle Ages.
(Scroll down to Sherborne Missal)
Digitised by the British Library in its online gallery, Turning the Pages.
See also:
(1400-1407; facsimiles and audio files)

Part of the EyeWitness to History website.
(1415; Modern English translation)

Online record of surviving manuscripts from over 200 British authors of the period 1450-1700.
(1450-1700; manuscripts)

Hundreds of selected books describing festivals and ceremonies.
Digitised by the British Library in its online gallery, Treasures in Full.
(1475-1700; facsimiles)

Excerpts from an 1805 translation by Thomas Johnes
Edited by Steve Muhlenberger of Nipissing University (Canada)
(14th century; English translations)
Excerpted accounts of the Hundred Years' War
(1369-1410; English translations)

See also details for reading Froissart's chronicles on the web in the original French or in modern French translation.


Faits d'armes (Deeds of Arms)

Edited by Steve Muhlenberger of Nipissing University (Canada)
(14th and early 15th centuries; transcriptions from Scots English, Middle English, Middle French and Latin; also English translations)

(Transcriptions: scroll down to "e-texts")

Searchable series of digitised documents which constitute the major source for Plantagenet rule in Aquitaine.
The Gascon Rolls are a series of records of the English chancery covering the duchy of medieval Aquitaine.
(1317-1468; facsimiles and transcriptions)

(1385 - 1460; Modern English translation with Middle English transcription also available)

(transcriptions & translations)

A primary source for the Wars of the Roses
and the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III.
(1453-1486; transcriptions)
From a Yorkist perspective
(1472; transcriptions)
with a number of links to contemporary reporters and chroniclers from various perspectives
(chiefly 1483-1490; transcriptions)
(transcriptions) courtesy of the Richard III Society.

Contemporary correspondence of a wealthy family of English wool merchants.
(1475-1488; transcriptions) courtesy of the Richard III Society.

Britannia Internet Magazine collection of significant charters, histories, chronicles, accounts, laws and summonses.
(English transcriptions)

Over 30,000 images of objects, books, letters, aerial photographs and other items from museums, archives and libraries in Wales.
(Medieval to 20th century; facsimiles and photographs)
A documentation project of Powys County, Wales
(Medieval to present; facsimiles, Latin and Welsh transcriptions and English transcriptions and translations)

Combining historical atlases and gazeteers with a database of demographic and socio-economic statistics.
Directed by Humphrey Southall of the University of Portsmouth.
(Facsimiles and transcriptions).

The Gough Map dates back to circa 1360, and is the earliest map to show the whole of Britain in geographically-recognizable form.
(14th century; interactive map)

Geographical and literary mappings of the medieval city of Chester.
(1200-1500; digital map and texts)

An impressive local history collection,
comprising church, state, estate and personal records.
(1375 - 1854 transcriptions)

Picture archive containing nearly 18,000 digitised images of medieval stained glass in Great Britain.
(12th - 20th centuries; images and descriptions)

Each ballad transcription also appends a synopsis with its historical background.
A subpage of Mostly Medieval: Exploring the Middle Ages.
(Transcriptions and commentary)


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