A.D. 1044 x 1065 (? 1044). Writ of King Edward declaring that Abbot Leofstan and the brethren in Bury St Edmunds are to have sake and soke over all their own men both within borough and without. English


Bury St Edmunds


1. London, British Library, Cotton Augustus ii. 80 (s. xi; BM Facs., iv. 29; Bishop and Chaplais 1957, pl. 1)
2. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.2.33, f. 22v (s. xiii 2)
3. London, British Library, Add. 14847, f. 30v (s. xiii/xiv)


Madox 1702, p. 290; K, 894

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 11 (p. 156), ex MS 1


Harmer, Writs, pp. 139, 437-8, authentic; Bishop and Chaplais 1957, textual authenticity reasonably certain, physical authenticity of MS 1 difficult to establish; Hart, ECNE, p. 385, original; Keynes 1988, pp. 215, 216 n. 183, original; on formulation, cf. S 1157; Sharpe 2003, pp. 271-2, part of sequence of writs

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    • Eadweard cyngc gret mine bisceopas 7 mine eorlas 7 ealle mine ˇegnas on ˇam sciren ˇær Sancte Eadmund hafa∂ land inne freondlice. & ic cy∂e eow ˇæt ic wylle ˇæt Leofstan abbot 7 ealle ˇa gebro∂ra on Eadmundes byrig beon heora sake 7 heora socne wur∂e ofer ealle heora agene menn æg∂er ge binnan burh ge butan. & ic nelle ge∂afian ˇæt heom ænig man ænig woh beode.