Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Anglo-Saxon Charters

Anglo-Saxon Charters Series: Texts Now Available Online

Since 1973 the texts of Anglo-Saxon charters, together with translations of those extant in an Old English version, have been published by archive in the Anglo-Saxon Charters series. The series has been guided by an advisory committee, chaired since 1991 by Professor Nicholas Brooks, under the aegis of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society. To date eleven volumes have been published; others are in an advanced state of preparation.

Thanks to a grant from the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council, David Pelteret has prepared an online plain-text version of all the published charters, supplemented by the charters whose publication is forthcoming from the Bath archives edited by Susan Kelly and those of Christ Church, Canterbury, edited by Nicholas Brooks and Susan Kelly. To encourage exploration of these texts, he has also provided working translations of all Latin documents from St Paul’s, London, Malmesbury Abbey and Bath as well as some of those from Christ Church, Canterbury, to which have been added the translations of Old English texts made by the editors of the various volumes.

The texts and translations have been placed on Simon Keynes’s ‘Kemble’ website at http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/kemble/pelteret/2%20Index.htm, where they are available without charge. Individual charters can be accessed either by their Sawyer catalogue number (a revised listing of all extant Anglo-Saxon charters originally compiled by P. H. Sawyer in 1968: see http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/chartwww/eSawyer.99/eSawyer2.html) or by their number within each volume in the Anglo-Saxon Charters series. Full bibliographical details have been provided for every charter so that the apparatus criticus for each text and the extensive commentaries on individual charters found in recent volumes of the Anglo-Saxon Charters series can easily be located.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Have to hope that money can be found to add these texts to the Regesta Regum Anglorum, or else it will be rather odd to have the new texts beside the old ones and only the old ones searchable. I don't suppose Sean Miller will be that interested now that he's discovered how much better the pay is outside academia...

theswain said...

Say it isn't so! I had no idea Sean had left academia, what a loss to us.