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Rogers, Ralph V., ed., Year Books of the Reign of King Henry the Fifth: Year Books 9-10 Henry V (1421-22) (Privately Printed)

Text name(s): 

Number of pages of primary source text: 56


    Dates: 1421 - 1422

    Archival Reference: 

    Original Language(s): 

    • Anglo-Norman
    • Latin


    • Original language included.

    Translation Comments: 

    Geopolitical Region(s): 

    • England


    Record Types: 

    • Chronicle, Annals
    • Law - Legislation
    • Court Roll

    Subject Headings: 

    • Law - Crime
    • Government
    • Law - Secular
    • Economy - Crafts and Industry
    • Economy - Guilds and Labor
    • Economy - Trade
    • Peasants


    • Index
    • Introduction


    “Year Books” are the modern English name that is now typically given to the earliest law reports of England. Before the text Rogers include a legal calendar for the years covered by this volume which includes names of court justices and other officials. The text itself consists mostly of court cases (such as property disputes, trade regulations, and criminal cases) tried before Henry V in 1421-1422, but there are also short clarifications of points of law that are also inserted in the text. Afterwards Rogers has included a table of the types of court cases featured in the volume as well as indices of people/places and subjects.

    The Boston University Law School has digitized many Year Books from the years 1268-1535 and organized each individual entry in a fully searchable online database . The cases found in this volume can be located by searching for regnal years 9 and 10 of Henry V.

    Introduction Summary: 

    Rogers’ introduction (7 pp.) is in both English and German. He first gives an overview of the year books of Henry V in general before moving on to a more detailed look at volumes 9 and 10. He also describes in some detail the manuscript history of the text as well as the various stages in which the text seems to have been written down. He then moves on to discuss the sort of information (about trade, property, the daily concerns of peasants, etc.) that can be found in the text before finally recounting the history of scholarship relating to the year books.

    Cataloger: AM