Charters of Abingdon Abbey, Part 1

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Susan E. Kelly, British Academy
British Academy, 2000 - Business & Economics - 444 pages
'The British Academy's Anglo-Saxon Charters series is further enhanced by the two volumes of S.E. Kelly (ed.), Charters of Abingdon Abbey, a meticulous edition and very full introduction well up to the editor's exacting standards.' -Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature 'Brilliantly done... One of the treasures of this edition is the inclusion of solutions of the many vernacular charter bounds carefully preserved at the abbey into the thirteenth century... how lucky to have dedicated and insightful scholars such as Dr Kelly, who has done so much for the British Academy's charter editions.' -English Historical Review 'Susan Kelly has put the Anglo-Saxonist in her debt by her magisterial two-volume edition of the charters of Abingdon Abbey... a superb investigation of the unique problems associated with the charters... all in all, a study which no student of pre-Conquest history can afford to do without.' -Medium ∆vumThis edition of 151 royal diplomas and other documents associated with Abingdon Abbey and its estates forms a major resource for the study of Anglo-Saxon history. Part 1 contains the first 50 texts, all pre-dating Aethelwold's crucial refoundation of the house around 955. A substantial Introduction discusses the abbey's history and endowment, and considers controversial issues arising from the texts themselves. Part 2, covering the period 955-1066, will complete the edition of this important archive.

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S. E. Kelly, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, and Christ Church, Oxford.

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