A.D. 706. Æthelweard, subregulus, with the consent of Cenred, king of Mercia, to Ecgwine, bishop, for St Mary's Church, Cronuchomme (Evesham); grant of 12 hides (cassati) at Ombersley, Worcs., with later confirmations by Ceolred, Æthelbald and Offa, kings of Mercia. Latin with English bounds




1. London, British Library, Cotton Vespasian B. XXIV, ff. 25v-26v (s. xii/xiii)
2. London, British Library, Harley 3763, f. 67r-v (s. xii)
3. Oxford, Bodleian Library, James 29 (S.C. 3866), pp. 41-42 (s. xvii)


K, 56 and vol. iii. 375; HS, pp. 278-9; B, 116; Pierquin, Recueil, pt 1, no. 24; Pierquin, Conciles, pp. 196-7; Hooke 1990, pp. 36, 38, bounds only


Jones 1958, p. 54


HS, pp. 279-80, authentic; Maitland 1897, pp. 235-6, of fairly good repute, but nothing that comes from Evesham is beyond suspicion; Stevenson 1914, p. 702, a late and clumsy fabrication; PN Worcs., p. xxv n. 2, substantially genuine; Grundy, Worcs., II, pp. 21-3, on bounds; Levison 1946, p. 264, dubious or forged; Forsberg 1950, pp. 126-7, on bounds; John 1960, p. 76 n., may have some authentic basis, although bounds and year of grace are additions; John 1966, p. 24, confirmations of Mercian kings perhaps suspicious; Finberg, ECWM, no. 201, authentic basis, bounds not contemporary with charter; Finberg 1972, p. 403, treats as authentic; Sims-Williams 1976, p. 9 n. 2, dubious; Hooke 1985, pp. 131, 155, on fisheries, on reservation of right to mast; Hooke 1990, pp. 36-40, on bounds; Sims-Williams 1990, p. 36 n. 101, spurious; Lapidge 1993, p. 309, on a witness; Cubitt 1995, p. 262, forgery drawing on some earlier material, witness-list may be from an 8th-century charter.

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    • + In nomine domini nostri Jhesu Christi. Ego Æ∂elweard subregulus , Osheri quondam regis Wicciorum filius , terram . xii . cassatorum in loco quem dicunt Ambreslege , consentiente Coenredo rege Merciorum , cum omnibus ad se pertinentibus rebu