This popular primary source reader spans several centuries in over one hundred documents. In addition to constitutional highlights and standard texts such as the Magna Carta and Froissart's Chronicles, the editors include narrative sources on the lived experiences of an array of historical actors. All sources fit into thematic clusters on the Anglo-Saxon monarchy, lay piety, late medieval commercial life, queenship, and Jewish communities. The new edition begins in 500 CE with sources on the Gregorian mission and Viking invasions. Thirty new sources have been added, covering significant events such as the conquest of Wales and important themes and genres such as miracle collections, material culture, and archaeology. Introductions and thought-provoking questions situate each source in the historical landscape, paying attention to the circumstances of composition, the author's concerns, intended audience, and the conventions of the genre.
Emilie Amt is the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood College, Maryland. Katherine Allen Smith is Associate Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound.
Chapter 1. The Anglo-Saxon World (c. 500-1066) i. Gildas, History of the Britons (*) ii. Gregory I, letters to Mellitus and King Aethelberht (*) iii. The Laws of Aethelberht of Kent (*) iv. Bede, the conversion of King Edwin (*) v. An Anglo-Saxon Burial: The Ely 'Princess' (*) vi. Riddles from the Exeter Book (*) vii. Slavery in Anglo-Saxon England: Manumissions (*) viii. Alfred's treaty with Guthrum (*) ix. Alfred the Great, Preface to translation of Gregory I's Pastoral Care (*) x. The Battle of Maldon (*) xi. Aelfric's Colloquy xii. Anglo-Saxon Wills xiii. The Cotton Anglo-Saxon world map (*) xiv. The Wolf's Sermon to the English (*) xv. Laws of Cnut xvi. Cnut's Letter to the English People xvii. Praise of Queen Emma xviii. The Life of King Edward Who Rests at Westminster Chapter 2. The Norman Era (1066-1154) i. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle on the Norman Conquest ii. The Text of the Bayeux Tapestry iii. Penitential ordinances for the Battle of Hastings, 1070 (*) iv. Norman Castles: Plan of Corfe Castle (*) v. Domesday Book vi. Orderic Vitalis' Account of His Life vii. Anselm's Letters on his feud with William Rufus (*) viii. Gilbert Crispin, Disputation of a Jew with a Christian (*) ix. Canons of the Council of Westminster, 1102 (*) x. Henry I's Coronation Charter xi. Eadmer's Account of Queen Edith-Matilda xii. The Founding of the Gilbertines (*) xiii. William of Malmesbury's History of Recent Events xiv. Richard of Hexham, The Battle of the Standard (*) Chapter 3. The Angevin Era (1154-1216) i. Gerald of Wales' Description of Henry II ii. The Constitutions of Clarendon iii. The Murder and Miracles of Thomas Becket iv. Glanvil's Treatise on the Laws and Customs of the Kingdom of England v. Jocelin of Brakelond, The Misfortunes of Henry of Essex vi. Letters of Eleanor of Aquitaine (*) vii. The Cult of Arthur: Geoffrey of Monmouth, Histories of the Kings of Britain (*) viii. Town Charters ix. William fitzStephen's Description of London x. The Life of St. William of Norwich by Thomas of Monmouth xi. The Life of St. Godric of Finchale by Reginald of Durham xii. The History of William Marshal xiii. Policraticus xiv. Richard of Devizes' Chronicle of the Third Crusade xv. Enforcing the Forest Law (*) xvi. Letters of Innocent III and King John xvii. Roger of Wendover on the Rebellion against King John xviii. Magna Carta Chapter 4. The Thirteenth Century (1216-1299) i. Letters of Queen Isabella of Angouleme ii. Bracton's Notebook iii. Persecutions of Jews (*) iv. The Ancrene Wisse v. The Coming of the Friars Minor the England vi. The Song of Lewes vii. Cult and Miracles of Simon de Montfort (*) viii. Household Roll of Eleanor de Montfort, Countess of Leicester, for 1265 (*) ix. Summonses to Parliament x. London Coroners' Rolls xi. Plan of the village of Wharram Percy (*) xii. Hundred Rolls xiii. Merton College Statutes xiv. Roger Bacon's Third Opus xv. Edward I's Welsh Wars (*) xvi. Confirmation of Charters Chapter 5. An Age of Disasters (1300-1399) i. Parish Life (*) ii. Correspondence of the Queen with London iii. The Manner of Holding Parliament iv. Chronicle Account of the Great Famine v. The Royal Response to the Great Famine vi. Manor Court Rolls vii. Proof of Age Inquests (*) viii. London Craft Guild Ordinances ix. Urban Environmental Problems and Regulations x. Articles of Accusation against Edward II (*) xi. Dispute between and Englishman and a Frenchman (*) xii. Jean Frossart's Chronicle: On the Battle of Crecy xiii. Thomas Bradwardine, A Victory Sermon (*) xiv. Chronicle of Henry Knighton (*) xv. Wage and Price Regulations xvi. Chronicle Accounts of the Peasants' Revolt xvii. Peasants' Revolt Trials xviii. Ordinances of the Guild of St. Katharine at Norwich xix. Robert Manning of Brunne's Handling Synne xx. Lollards in Northampton, 1393 (*) xxi. The Deposition of Richard II Chapter 6. The End of the Middle Ages (1399-1500) i. Chronicle of the Reign of Henry V ii. Excerpts from the fifteenth-century statutes of the Order of the Garter (*) iii. Financing the Agincourt Campaign (*) iv. Order of the Pageants of the York Corpus Christi Play v. Poems about Raising Children vi. London Wills (*) vii. Apprenticeship Documents viii. Monastic Visitations ix. A London Chronicle on the Wars of the Roses x. The Cely Letters xi. Titulus Regius, from Rotuli Paliamentorum ut et petitiones et placita in Parliamento (*) xii. Polydore Vergil's Account of the Battle of Bosworth (1485) xiii. The Rediscovery of Richard III (*) xiv. Polydore Vergil's Account of Henry VII xv. An Italian Relation of England (*) = New Document