Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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

Source Details

Bickley, Francis B., ed., The Little Red Book of Bristol (2 vols. Bristol: W. C. Hemmons) Read this source online

Text name(s): 

Number of pages of primary source text: 0


Dates: 1300 - 1574

Archival Reference: BL

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • English - Middle English
  • Latin


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: Facing page

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England

County/Region: Gloucestershire; Bristol

Record Types: 

  • Charters, Deeds
  • Custumal
  • Law - Local Ordinances
  • Letter

Subject Headings: 

  • Diplomacy
  • Economy - Crafts and Industry
  • Economy - Trade
  • Government
  • Law - Secular
  • Maritime
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • Towns / Cities
  • Women / Gender


  • Glossary
  • Introduction


Includes a wide variety of documents, such as ordinances on trade (many in Anglo-Norman), the guild ordinances, the collection of town revenues, the duties of civic officials, charters of town privileges granted to various towns and boroughs (including royal charters to Bristol); and copies of letters received by and sent to other towns, lords, and the king. Composed c. 1344, at the instigation of William de Colford, the town recorder, but contains documents from before this date and up to 1574. Described by Lucy Toulmin Smith in her edition of The Maire of Bristowe is Kalendar, by Robert Ricart (Camden Society, 1872). Link for Volume 2.

Introduction Summary: 

33 page Introduction summarizes contents and sets them in context. Detailed Table of Contents gives name of each document.

Cataloger: mak, RJ