Lodge, Eleanor C., ed.; Thornton, Gladys A., ed., English Constitutional Documents (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Number of pages of primary source text: 419
Dates: 1307 - 1485
- Original language included.
- Charters, Deeds
- Councils - Secular
- Court Roll
- Law - Legislation
- Law - Secular
- Religion - Institutional Church
- Royalty / Monarchs
- Towns / Cities
- Law - Crime
- Clergy - Priests, Bishops, Canons
- Nobility / Gentry
This volume contains documents relating to the administration of English law during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The documents are arranged in three large groups: 1) Central Government — which includes documents concerning the crown, the king’s council, wardrobe and chamber, parliament, chancery, the seals, the exchequer, and justice; 2) The Church; and 3) Local Government — which includes documents concerning justices of the peace, sheriffs, coroners, escheators, forests, seignorial jurisdiction, and individual towns. Within each category, documents are arranged chronologically, with an introduction and bibliography for each large category and additional introductory information for each sub-category.
In a brief Preface, the editors describe their aim of making primary documents available for students of English history. Their volume fills a gap between previous editions by H.W.C. Davis (Select Charters which ends at the reign of Edward I)and J. R. Tanner (Tudor Constitutional Documents which begins at 1485).