Anglo-Saxon Royal Diplomas: A Palaeography (Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies v. 6)
By: Susan D. Thompson (author)Hardback
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"A substantial and important book...Well constructed and clearly argued, it offers a great deal of new information gathered from original sources". - Professor Jane Roberts, Kings College London. The 118 presumed original royal Latin diplomas enacted before 1066 do much to illuminate our understanding of the Anglo-Saxons. This book - the first to examine the palaeography of the complete collection - traces every aspect of their development and creates a chronological framework into which undated documents may tentatively be fitted, helping to verify the authenticity or otherwise of doubtful documents. The core of the book comprises a history of Anglo-Saxon handwriting, followed by a detailed illustrated study of the script forms which appear in the documents. This is preceded by a discussion of the possible authorship of the charters, which addresses the thorny question of whether there was an Anglo-Saxon chancery, then examines in detail the external features and textual elements.
The second half of the book contains a complete analysis of four 'representative' diplomas spanning the period from the seventh to eleventh centuries in the light of the principles established in the earlier chapters; these are then applied to seven 'problem' charters to determine their authenticity. Susan D. Thompson is a former research fellow of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies.
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