A.D. 1052 or 1053 x 1057. Writ of King Edward declaring that the monastery at Bury St Edmunds is to possess the sokes of the eight and a half hundreds which he has given to that house, as fully and completely as ever his mother (Queen Ælfgifu) had them, and he himself possessed them. English and Latin versions


Bury St Edmunds


1. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.2.33, f. 22r-v (s. xiii 2; English)
2. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.4.35, f. 23v (s. xv med.; English; incomplete)
3. London, British Library, Add. 14847, f. 30r (s. xiii/xiv; English)
4. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.2.33, f. 22v (s. xiii 2; Latin)
5. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.4.35, ff. 3v-4r (s. xv med.; Latin; incomplete)
6. Cambridge, University Library, Gg.4.4, f. 97r (s. xv med.; Latin)
7. London, British Library, Add. 5846, f. 18r (s. xviii; Latin)
8. London, British Library, Add. 14847, f. 30r-v (s. xiii/xiv; Latin)


K, 883, ex MS 1; K, 905, ex MS 7; Mon. Angl. (rev. edn), iii. 138 (no. 7), ex MS 7; Pierquin, Recueil, pt 6, no. 58

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 18 (p. 160), ex MSS 1, 4


Harmer, Writs, pp. 147-8, 440-2; Gransden 1985, p. 12, cited; Dumville 1993, pp. 36-7.; Sharpe 2003, pp. 263-4, part of sequence of writs

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    • Eadward kyng gret Aylmer bisscop 7 Alfger erl 7 Toly and alle mine theynes on Suffolke frendlike. And ic kithe ihu ˇat ic wille ˇat ˇe half nigende hundred sokne ˇe ic habbe ihiuen God and Seynt Eadmunde mine mey ˇat it liggen into ˇat halegen minstre at Eadmundes biri so ful and so forth so mine moder it fermist aihte. And it Alfrich Withgares sune hire to hande biwiste and it sithen me seluen on honde stoden. 7 ic ne am becnowe ˇat ic ani man uthe ˇenen ut neyther ne hamsokne ne grithbreche ne forstal ne fichtwite ne hebberethef ne non ˇere rithte ˇa thider in mid rithte ibere∂ be fullen wite.