Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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Source Details

Riley, Henry Thomas, ed., "Liber albus," in Munimenta Gildhallae Londoniensis: Liber albus, Liber custumarum, et Liber Custumarum Vol I (London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts (Rolls Series, no. 12.) 3 vols. in 4)

Text name(s): Liber albus

Number of pages of primary source text: 738


Dates: 1200 - 1419

Archival Reference: London Guildhall

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • Latin


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: English with Anglo-Norman selections

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England

County/Region: London

Record Types: 

  • Charters, Deeds
  • Court Roll
  • Custumal
  • Law - Canon Law
  • Letter
  • Register - Notarial

Subject Headings: 

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


  • Glossary
  • Appendix
  • Introduction


Compilation of civic records, including oaths, fees, and duties of civic officials; procedures, writs, and pleas in city’s courts; city charters, ordinances, and trade regulations; customs regarding inheritance, dower, freedom admission, and immorality; misc. letters and other documents. Compiled c. 1419 by John Carpenter, the Common Clerk. Vol. III (1862) includes translations of Anglo-Norman passages (pp. 3-286) vol. III, along with glossaries of Anglo-Norman and Early English (289-372) and Medieval Latin words 375-407). Appendices contain extracts from the Assize of Bread ( ‘Assisa Panis’) from 21 Edw I-16 Henry VI; and extracts from the Liber Memorandum, temp. Edw. II. Also includes Glossary to appendices; Index of Festivals; and General Index (479-520) and Index to Appendices. Translation of the whole in H. T. Riley, ed., Liber Albus: The White Book of the City of London compiled 1419 (London, 1861). Some passages also translated in H. T. Riley, ed., Memorials of London and London Life, 1276-1419 (London, 1868). See also, William Kellaway, ‘John Carpenter’s Liber Albus’, Guildhall Studies in London History, 3 (1978): 67-84.

Introduction Summary: 

Vol. I: Introduction (i-cxii); summary of contents of Liber albus (cxii-cxxxi).

Cataloger: MAK