Charters of Chertsey Abbey

Hardcover | February 18, 2015

EditorSusan J. Kelly

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This is the first complete modern edition of the early charters of Chertsey Abbey in Surrey, one of the most important of the English medieval monasteries, and one which appears to have had a nearly continuous existence from its seventh-century foundation until it was surrendered to HenryVIII's commissioners in 1537.The pre-Conquest archive is fairly small and has a poor reputation; indeed, the majority of the sixteen extant charters are obvious fabrications (which have their own importance in throwing light on the later medieval history of the house). But the archive does contain ancient documents of enormousinterest: a charter which has claims to be the earliest surviving Anglo-Saxon diploma; a seventh-century episcopal charter; a diploma of King AEthelred "the Unready" which adds to the evidence about the development of London around the year 1000; and an authentic writ of Edward the Confessor, againreferring to London.In this volume all the extant diplomas are expertly edited, with extensive commentaries on their content and implications. A thorough introduction comprises a new synthesis of Chertsey's early history, discussion of the history of the archive and of the later medieval background to the fabricationof the purportedly early documents, and painstaking analysis of the history of the landed endowment. This volume also includes editions of four papal privileges said to have been obtained on the monastery's behalf in the Anglo-Saxon period, of which two or perhaps three are genuine or have a genuinebasis.

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This is the first complete modern edition of the early charters of Chertsey Abbey in Surrey, one of the most important of the English medieval monasteries, and one which appears to have had a nearly continuous existence from its seventh-century foundation until it was surrendered to HenryVIII's commissioners in 1537.The pre-Conquest ar...

Dr Kelly is a former Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. She has studied and taught in Cambridge and Oxford, and was a visiting fellow at All Soul's College in 2008. Her career has been dedicated to working on the British Academy/Royal Historical Society Anglo-Saxon Charters Project, of which she was Co-ordinating ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265561

ISBN - 13:9780197265567

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Introduction1. The History of Chertsey Abbey2. The History of the Archive3. The Manuscripts4. The Authenticity of the Charters5. The Estates of Chertsey Abbey6. Gazetteer of Chertsey Estates mentioned in the Charters and in Domesday Book7. The Abbots of ChertseyList of ChartersConcordanceSiglaNote on the Method of EditingThe ChartersAppendixes