This coronation charter, published on 5 August 1100 and likely circulated to every shire, announced that Henry I had been crowned, but also listed a number of ameliorations of the law.  The standard affirmed is that of the law under Edward the Confessor (1041-1065), while the laws amended are those that were in force under Henry’s father, William I (1066-1087), and brother, William II (1087-1100).

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Edited by Richard Sharpe

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Introduction

by Richard Sharpe

Coronation Charter, notifying the shires of England that King Henry has been crowned, and that unjust exactions shall be removed and the law of King Edward and King William I restored. 5 August 1100

A print publication of this edition is in preparation, and it will contain editions of all of the known versions. Early English Laws provides the edited text, which will also appear in that edition of the acta of Henry I. The print publication will also include editions of all of the individual versions of the coronation charter, which are identifiable with the manuscript families preserving it. What follows is a list of the different versions of the coronation charter, the sigla representing these in the apparatus, and the manuscript witnesses belonging to each.

Sigla Witnesses

Hertfordshire text.

Herts Dl: Roger of Wendover, Flores historiarum, s.a. 1100.

Vx: BL MS Cotton Vitellius A. xx (s. xiiimed).

 

Interpolated version.

Interp Lg: London, Lambeth Palace Library, MS 1212, fol. 79v–80r (s. xiii).

Hl: London, Lambeth Palace Library, MS 1212, fol. ijr–v.

S: London, BL, MS Harley 746 (s. xiiiex).

Vx: London, BL, MS Cotton Vitellius A. xx (s. xiiimed).

Dm: London, BL, MS Cotton Domitian A. viii fols. 111–119 (s. xii2).

Es: Edinburgh, Scottish Catholic Archives, MS JB/1/3.

 

London version

Lond

Rs: Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Lat. 155 (s.xiiiin).

Cl: BL MS Cotton Claudius D. ii (s. xivin).

Co: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 70 + 258 (s. xiv1).

Or: Oxford, Oriel College, MS 46 (s. xiv1).

 

Quadripartitus and Leges Henrici version.

Quadripartitus version.

Quadr M: Manchester, John Rylands University Library MS Lat. 420 (s. xiimed).

Hk: London, BL, MS Additional 49366 (s. xii3/4).

T: London, BL, MS Cotton Titus, A. xxvii (s. xii/xiii).

Bq: London, BL, MS 47214 (s. xivmed).

Leges Henrici version.

Hn Rb: King’s Remembrancer, Miscellaneous Books, E164/2, Red Book of the Exchequer

(s. xiii1).

Hg: London, BL, MS Hargrave 313 (s. xiii).

J: Paris, Archives Nationales, J. 655, no. 34 (s. xiiiin).

QuadrHn Represents the agreement of Quadr and Hn

 

Rochester version.

Roff H: Strood, Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, MS DRc/R1, Textus Roffensis

(formerly Rochester Cathedral, MS A. 3. 5) (s. xii1).

Rl: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson C. 641.

Treasury text.

Hexh Cu: Richard of Hexham, De gestis regis Stephani et de bello standardii.

Worcesterchire text.

Worcs Rb: King’s Remembrancer, Miscellaneous Books, E164/2, Red Book of the Exchequer (s. xiii1).

Hg: London, BL, MS Hargrave 313 (s. xiii).

Cl: London, BL, MS Cotton Claudius D. ii (s. xivin).