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Medieval English Parliament Rolls

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  • Amy Heilveil
    From another list. I thought people might be interested.... Smiles, Despina Just in time for the Christmas season, the National Archives in London have
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 6, 2005
      From another list. I thought people might be interested.... Smiles, Despina

      Just in time for the Christmas season, the National
      Archives in London have released the finished
      complete(!) translation of all extant English
      Parliament Rolls from 1270-1503. They will be
      published in a 17 volume set sometime next year by
      Boydell & Brewer, but you can get the whole thing on
      CDRom for 50 pounds. Here's the description from the
      National Archives website:

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      The Medieval Parliament Rolls contain the official
      records of the English Parliament during the first two
      and a quarter centuries of its existence (c. 1270 to
      1503). They record the debates held and the decisions
      made in Parliament, as well as the petitions, bills
      and answers, both public and private, which formed the
      basis of acts of Parliament, In 1996, the Leverhulme
      Trust funded the creation of a new edition, replacing
      an eighteenth century text, the Rotuli Parliamentorum
      ( 6 volumes, London, 1767-1783. according to the
      General Editor of the new edition, Professor Chris
      Given-Wilson of St. Andrews University, it is "one of
      the fundamental series of records for the political,
      constitutional, economic, social, religious and legal
      history of England in the later middle ages". For
      Parliament itself, it is the nearest medieval
      equivalent to Hansard that we have and of comparable
      value.

      The new electronic edition provides a full transcript,
      modern English translation and introductory matter,
      critical apparatus, footnotes and bibliographical
      references of a modern scholarly edition. It will
      extend access to users who do not have the linguistic
      or palaeographical skills to consult the original
      documents and allows undergraduates to make use of it
      for special subjects options.


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