British National Bibliography

Charters of Chertsey Abbey

BNB number GBB373302
ISBN 10 0197265561
ISBN 13 9780197265567
abstract This is the first complete modern edition of the early charters of Chertsey Abbey in Surrey, one of the most important of the English medieval monasteries, and one which appears to have had a nearly continuous existence from its seventh-century foundation until it was surrendered to Henry VIII's commissioners in 1537. The pre-Conquest archive is fairly small and has a poor reputation; indeed, the majority of the sixteen extant charters are obvious fabrications (which have their own importance in throwing light on the later medieval history of the house). But the archive does contain ancient documents of enormous interest: a charter which has claims to be the earliest surviving Anglo-Saxon diploma; a seventh-century episcopal charter; a diploma of King Aethelred 'the Unready' which adds to the evidence about the development of London around the year 1000; and an authentic writ of Edward the Confessor, again referring to London. In this volume all the extant diplomas are expertly edited, with extensive commentaries on their content and implications. A thorough introduction comprises a new synthesis of Chertsey's early history, discussion of the history of the archive and of the later medieval background to the fabrication of the purportedly early documents, and painstaking analysis of the history of the landed endowment. This volume also includes editions of four papal privileges said to have been obtained on the monastery's behalf in the Anglo-Saxon period, of which two or perhaps three are genuine or have a genuine basis.
British Academy
Kelly, S. E. (Susan E.)
British Academy
Kelly, S. E. (Susan E.)
date published 2015
has edition statement First edition
has extent xxi, 194 pages
has language note Text in English, Old English and Latin ; with translations into English from Old English and Latin.
has note on contents Includes bibliographical references (pages xi-xxi) and indexes.
name Charters of Chertsey Abbey
Chertsey (England)
Chertsey (England)--Church history
Chertsey Abbey
Chertsey Abbey--Charters
Chertsey Abbey--History--Sources
Monasteries--England--Surrey--History--To 1500--Sources
title Charters of Chertsey Abbey
identifier GBB373302
is part of Anglo-Saxon charters
publication Oxford : Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2015
same as GBB373302
spatial Chertsey (England)