This is the first complete modern edition of the early charters of Chertsey Abbey in Surrey, one of the most important of the English medieval monasteries, and one which appears to have had a nearly continuous existence from its seventh-century foundation until it was surrendered to Henry VIII's commissioners in 1537. The pre-Conquest archive is fairly small and has a poor reputation; indeed, the majority of the sixteen extant charters are obvious fabrications (which have their own importance in throwing light on the later medieval history of the house). But the archive does contain ancient documents of enormous interest: a charter which has claims to be the earliest surviving Anglo-Saxon diploma; a seventh-century episcopal charter; a diploma of King Aethelred 'the Unready' which adds to the evidence about the development of London around the year 1000; and an authentic writ of Edward the Confessor, again referring to London. In this volume all the extant diplomas are expertly edited, with
Dr Kelly is a former Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. She has studied and taught in Cambridge and Oxford, and was a visiting fellow at All Soul's College in 2008. Her career has been dedicated to working on the British Academy/Royal Historical Society Anglo-Saxon Charters Project, of which she was Co-ordinating Editor 2001-12.
INTRODUCTION; LIST OF CHARTERS; CONCORDANCE; SIGLA; NOTE ON THE METHOD OF EDITING; THE CHARTERS; APPENDIXES