The Latin Charters of the Anglo-Saxon Period

The Latin Charters of the Anglo-Saxon Period

The Latin Charters of the Anglo-Saxon Period

The Latin Charters of the Anglo-Saxon Period

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The lectures which form the substance of this book were given in Kings College, London, on 9, 10, and 12 March 1954, at the invitation of the Board of Studies in Palaeography of London University. They were intended to serve as a general introduction to the study of the Anglo-Saxon royal charters, and their central thread is the development of the solemn charter as a formal record of a grant made by the authority of the king in his council. The lectures do not enter into the technical problems of Old English Diplomatic. The trend of modern work in this field is clearly indicated in such books as the late professor Levison England and the Continent in the Eighth Century, or Richard Drögereit's Gab es eine angelsächsische Königskanzlei? It seemed that an account of the charters from the historical rather than the diplomatic standpoint might suggest an alternative line of approach towards them. It is true that no opinion can safely be passed upon the genuineness of a particular charter without some previous consideration of its style and formulas. But the sporadic manner in which the Old English charters have been preserved means that their criticism in terms of pure Diplomatic may often lead to inconclusive results. The first chapter in this book is mainly concerned with the consequences of this limitation.

I wish to express my thanks in the first place to the University of London for the invitation to deliver these lectures. Professor Francis Wormald and Professor . . .

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