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Medieval Letters

Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:25 pm
by Ben Rodgers
Can anyone point me in the direction of finding medieval letters im prefurably looking for letters for the laity and trying to steer away from any monastic ones, I already have the pastons but im look for more of those sorts,

hopefully that makes sense

Re: Medieval Letters

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:05 am
by Karen Larsdatter

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:50 am
by Ghost
Try the National Archive online search - lots and lots of scanned in documents that are searchable by date and keywords

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline

they are free to download

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:04 am
by Vicky
For collections like the Pastons, try the Stonors and Plumptons, or for non-gentry, try the Celys (wool merchants) - all are published.

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:06 am
by gregory23b
Ben, also try your public records office, they may well have letters, which as you already know come in many forms which may be why they were stored there.

You cold always ask your history dept ;-)

The Celys - heavy going but not if you like wool ;-) a good insight into trade and mercantile behaviour from the eyes of the people that did it though, amongst the wool banter are letters reporting battles, accostings by spaniards, receipts etc.

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:04 pm
by Malvoisin
Ben try Access to Archives.
The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.

The A2A database was last updated in October 2007 and now contains 10.1 million records relating to 9.25 million items held in 414 record offices and other repositories.
There might be something amongst that lot. :wink:
Also; http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/is/services/mss/

Sorry to Cuba but just had a look at the Doomsday book on the National Archives for Bulwell, Nottingham. Or Bulewelle as it was known.
Has the following list of names:
Aelfheah; Aethelric; Almaer; Alwine; Ambrose, man of William Peverel; Bovi; Brun; Glaedwine; Godwine; Godwine the priest; Grim; Grimkel; Healfdene; Morcar; Olaf; Robert, man of William Peverel; Sasfrid, man of William Peverel; Siward; Skuli; Stapolwine; Swein; Ulfkil; Warner, man of William Peverel; Wulfnoth; Wulfsige; Wulfsige Cild
Spot the Normans in there! :D
Very interesting.
It'll cost me £3.50 to download a PDF copy mind. :(

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:03 pm
by Ben Rodgers
Thank you all you have all been a great help.