Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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

Source Details

Lodge, Eleanor C., ed.; Thornton, Gladys A., ed., English Constitutional Documents (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Text name(s): 

Number of pages of primary source text: 419


    Dates: 1307 - 1485

    Archival Reference: 

    Original Language(s): 

    • Anglo-Norman
    • Latin


    • Original language included.

    Translation Comments: 

    Geopolitical Region(s): 

    • England


    Record Types: 

    • Charters, Deeds
    • Councils - Secular
    • Court Roll
    • Law - Legislation
    • Petition
    • Taxes

    Subject Headings: 

    • Government
    • Law - Secular
    • Religion - Institutional Church
    • Royalty / Monarchs
    • Towns / Cities
    • Law - Crime
    • Clergy - Priests, Bishops, Canons
    • Nobility / Gentry


    • Index
    • Glossary
    • Bibliography
    • Introduction


    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.

    Introduction Summary: 

    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).

    Cataloger: RJ