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Carpenter, Christine, The Armburgh Papers (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press)

Text name(s): The Armburgh Papers: the Brokholes Inheritance in Warwickshire, Hertforshire and Essex c.1417--c.1453; Chetham's Manuscript Mun. E.6.10 (4)

Number of pages of primary source text: 139


Dates: 1443 - 1452

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • English - Middle English
  • Latin


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England

County/Region: Hertfordshire, Essex, Warwickshire

Record Types: 

  • Account Roll
  • Letter
  • Literature - Verse

Subject Headings: 

  • Family / Children
  • Law - Secular
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Political Thought


  • Index
  • Bibliography
  • Introduction


Introduction Summary: 

The papers include not only documentation of a lawsuit involving the Armburgh family but also love poetry and literary, highly personal letters. The introduction explains the nature of the disputed inheritances of Roos (in Hertfordshire and Essex), Brokhole (Hertfordshire), and Mancetter (Warwickshire). Since the documents address a single dispute over a period of time, they offer important details about the law and the gentry’s interactions with it. There is also information about the state of the roll and the scribal hands.

Cataloger: RLL