File KL/C 2/62 - Bury St Edmunds Abbey charter

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KL/C 2/62


Bury St Edmunds Abbey charter


  • 12th century (Creation)

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1 parchment

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Believed to have been acquired by the Corporation with deeds to gild land which once belonged to Bury St Edmunds Abbey.

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Copy or forgery of a charter of King Hardecnut to the monks of Bury St Edmunds, c.1040.
The style of the document and its handwriting are of the 12th century not the 11th century. Such forgeries became quite common in medieval monastic houses as the value and convenience of documentary proof of rights and privileges came to be recognised.

Harrod reference: Ae 35.

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Photographic copy.

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C.W. Goodwin, 'On two ancient charters, in the possession of the Corporation of King's Lynn' in Norfolk Archaeology volume IV.

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Publication note

An edition for the British Academy of the Anglo-Saxon Charters of Bury St Edmunds Abbey by Professor Sarah Foot and Dr Kathryn A Lowe is in preparation (2012).

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