A.D. 1065 x 1066. Writ of King Edward announcing the appointment of Baldwin as abbot of Bury. English


Bury St Edmunds


1. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.2.33, f. 22v (s. xiii 2)
2. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.4.35, f. 23v (s. xv med.; incomplete)
3. London, British Library, Add. 14847, ff. 30v-31r (s. xiii/xiv)


K, 881, ex MS 1; Councils and Synods, no. 84 (pp. 561-2)

Printed and Translated:

Harmer, Writs, no. 23 (pp. 163-4), ex MS 1


Harmer, Writs, pp. 140, 443, authentic; Councils and Synods, p. 561; Keynes 1988, p. 216 n. 183, on formulation; Keynes 1997, p. 240 n; Sharpe 2003, p. 273, part of sequence of writs

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    • Eadward kyng gret Aylmer biscop 7 Girth earl 7 Toly and alle mine ˇeynes on Estangle frendlike. 7 ic kithe ihu ˇat ic habbe unnen Baldewine abbot ˇe abbotriche into Seint Eadmundes biri 7 alkere ˇinge ˇe ˇer into bireth mid sake and mid sokne so ful 7 so forth so Lefston abbot oˇer ani abbot it toforen him firmest haude. Nu bidde ic alle ˇe manne ˇe ben Godes frend and min ˇat him filste to lage 7 to rithte loc wer/ him ned beth 7 he ihure fultumes beˇurfe/ for mine loue. And ic nelle nane men ˇafien ˇat him fro hande teo ani ˇing ˇat ic him gifen habbe oˇer get ˇinke to done no swither ˇan he min brother were.