A.D. 1044 x 1065. Writ of King Edward declaring that Abbot Leofstan and the brethren are to have sake and soke over the lands bequeathed to them as fully and completely as this right was enjoyed by the previous owner. English and Latin versions


Bury St Edmunds


1. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.2.33, f. 22v (s. xiii 2; English and Latin)
2. Cambridge, University Library, Mm.4.19, f. 105v (s. xii 2; English and Latin)
3. London, British Library, Add. 14847, f. 30v (s. xiii/xiv; English and Latin)
4. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.4.35, f. 4r (s. xv med.; Latin only; incomplete)


K, 892, English version, ex MS 1; K, 1345, Latin version, ex MS 2; Hervey 1907, p. 606

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 12 (p. 156), ex MS 2


Harmer, Writs, pp. 139-40, 438, authentic; Sharpe 2003, p. 272, part of sequence of writs; Hyams, Rancor, p. 108

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    • Eadward king gret mine bisceopes 7 mine earles 7 alle mine ˇeignes on ˇam schiran ˇer ˇe lond inne ligge∂ freondlike. & ic kithe eow ˇat ic wille ˇat Leofstan abbot 7 ˇa brothere ˇat he ben here sake 7 here socne wrthe ofer ˇa land ˇe man in to ˇer halgen minstre bequeˇeth so ful 7 so forth so he hauede ˇe hig her ahte. & ic nille ˇafien ˇat men hem ani unricht bede.