Charters of Northern Houses by David Woodman

Charters of Northern Houses

EditorDavid Woodman

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Anglo-Saxon Northumbria is renowned for producing scholars of the eminence of Bede and Alcuin and saints of the stature of Cuthbert and Oswald. But despite its enormous cultural and political impact on the course of early English history, only a relatively small amount of documentary materialhas survived, scattered through five different archives. This book constitutes the first edition of all Anglo-Saxon charters surviving in archives north of the River Humber, a body of material previously neglected. It provides edited texts, together with detailed analysis and commentary, for twenty-one documents which have been preserved in the ecclesiastical archives of York, Beverley, Ripon and Durham, and also a unique survival from Lowther Castle. These commentaries also provide translations andelucidations of each Old English boundary clause and assessments regarding each document's authenticity. The charters themselves are preceded by comprehensive historical introductions which not only provide up-to-date historical accounts of each religious house, but also give an overview of theevolution of each ecclesiastical archive (Lowther Castle is treated slightly differently). In bringing all of this material together for the first time, this book encourages comparisons between the types of charter used in different parts of Northumbria, which in turn allows a better understandingof the complex political and ecclesiastical situation throughout the kingdom.

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David Woodman is Fellow of Robinson College at Cambridge University.
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Title:Charters of Northern HousesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:450 pagesPublished:January 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265294

ISBN - 13:9780197265291

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General Introduction1. The survival of Charters from Anglo-Saxon Northumbria2. The Evidence for Oral Transactions in Northumbria3. Northumbrian Diplomatic4. The Authenticity of the Northern ChartersList of Northern ChartersYorkBeverleyRiponDurhamLowther CastleConcordanceYork1. The History and Endowment of York Minster2. The History of the York Archive3. The ManuscriptsSiglaNotes on the Method of EditingThe Charters of YorkBeverlyIntroduction1. The History and Endowment of Ripon Minster2. The History of the Ripon Archive3. The ManuscriptsSiglaNotes on the Method of EditingThe Charters of RiponDurhamIntroduction1. The History and Endowment of St Cuthbert's Community2. The History of the Archive3. The ManuscriptsSiglaNotes on the Method of EditingThe Charters of DurhamLowther CastleIntroduction1. General Introduction2. The History of the ArchiveSiglaNotes on the Method of EditingCharter of Lowther CastleAppendices