Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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Baildon, William Paley, ed., Select Cases in Chancery A D 1364 to 1471 (Selden Society, 10) Read this source online

Text name(s): Select Cases in Chancery

Number of pages of primary source text: 128


Dates: 1364 - 1471

Archival Reference: PRO, C1, Chancery petitions

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • English - Middle English


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: Facing-page text and translation

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England


Record Types: 

  • Court Roll
  • Petition

Subject Headings: 

  • Diplomacy
  • Economy - Trade
  • Government
  • Law - Crime
  • Law - Secular
  • Towns / Cities
  • War - Military History
  • Women / Gender


  • Index
  • Glossary
  • Appendix
  • Introduction


Petitions (bills) addressed to Chancellor asking for a remedy (a writ) to help the complainant bring a defendant to court. The procedure includes the bill and writ; by the 1440s, it also includes the written answer of the defendant. The bills are almost always in French until the reign of Henry V when English becomes the norm. The petitions cover a wide array of problems, including mercantile reprisals, piracy, a surgeon’s incompetence,, and suits against foreigners. Part I (1-101) contains early Chancery petitions from 1383 to 1412. Part II (103-58) contains selected petitions, most in French. There is also a Glossary and Index.

Introduction Summary: 

Extensive Introduction (xi-xlvi) explains the procedures involved in the equity court of Chancery.

Cataloger: MAK