Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography of Printed and Online Primary Sources for the Middle Ages

Source Details

Hudson, William, ed.; Tingey, John Cottingham, ed., The Records of the City of Norwich (Norwich: Jarrold & Sons. 2 vols.) Read this source online

Text name(s): 

Number of pages of primary source text: 419


Dates: 1072 - 1496

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • Latin


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England

County/Region: Norwich; East Anglia

Record Types: 

  • Letter
  • Custumal
  • Court Roll
  • Charters, Deeds
  • Miscellany
  • Law - Local Ordinances
  • Guild Records
  • Coroner's Roll

Subject Headings: 

  • Towns / Cities
  • Material Culture: Food, Clothing, Household
  • Economy - Trade
  • Architecture and Buildings
  • Economy - Guilds and Labor
  • Economy - Crafts and Industry
  • Women / Gender
  • Government
  • Law - Crime


  • Index
  • Introduction


These volumes contain nearly 500 documents related to the city of Norwich in the middle ages. The first volume includes charters, custumals and other documents designed to give information about city government. The second has a much wider assortment of documents including letters, court rolls and guild records and are intended to illuminate the social and economic history of the city. These volumes are a fantastic place to start for anyone interested in studying the city of Norwich or urban history more generally.

Both volumes are available online at

Introduction Summary: 

The introduction describes the arrangement of the documents in these volumes and provides a general description of charters, custumals, the city courts, the leet jurisdiction and the militia system. The introduction to the second volume (148 pages) provides an extensive overview of the city’s history.

Cataloger: SES; heb