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Parliament Rolls of Medieval England

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The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England

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Scholarly Digital Editions/The National Archives/The History of Parliament Trust/Boydell and Brewer
1275 to 1504

The rolls of parliament were the official records of the meetings of the English parliament from the reign of Edward I (1272 - 1307) until the reign of Henry VII (1485 - 1509), after which they were superseded by the journals of the lords and, somewhat later, of the commons. The rolls, which amount in total to over four million words, were first edited in the eighteenth century and published in 1783 in six folio volumes entitled Rotuli Parliamentorum ( RP ) under the general editorship of the Reverend John Strachey. This new edition reproduces the rolls edited in RP in their entirety, plus those subsequently published by Cole, Maitland, and Richardson and Sayles as well as a substantial amount of material never previously published, together with a full translation of all the texts from the three languages used by the medieval clerks (Latin, Anglo-Norman and Middle English). It also includes an introduction to every parliament known to have been held by an English king (or in his name) between 1275 and 1504, whether or not the roll for that parliament survives. Where appropriate, appendices of supplementary material are also provided, including information about the parliament in question derived from sources other than the roll. Much of this supplementary material consists of petitions to parliament, which are discussed in separate sections below (see sections A(iv) and B(iii) of this introduction).

The Rolls of Parliament set includes
Introductions to Individual Parliaments:
   Historical background for the time, sometimes quite long and in considerable detail.
Text/Translation, original text:
   The original text is in Latin or Anglo-Norman or Middle English.
   Translations are side-by-side with the original text
   The appendix usually contains lists of bills, petitions, grants, letters, complaints, commissions, appointments, orders and other similar matters
   The images section reproduces the original manuscript as written by the clerk
The general introduction to the Rolls of Parliament describes the editorial approach to the set and provides historical information concerning the rolls themselves.

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Medieval Studies
  • Government Information: Foreign Documents
  • History

Library of Congress Subjects:

England. Parliament -- History -- Sources.
Great Britain. Parliament -- History -- Sources.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- To 1485 -- Sources.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1485-1509 -- Sources.
Great Britain -- History -- To 1485 -- Sources.
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VII, 1485-1509 -- Sources.