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I.C. STATE PAPERS AND CALENDARS OF PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE COLLECTIONS

I.C.1. State Papers, Domestic and Foreign: Full Texts

The State Papers are the principal documents accumulating in the offices of the Secretaries of State from the time of Henry VIII onwards. The State Papers Domestic consist of documents relating to a wide variety of subjects, including ecclesiastical, diplomatic, naval and military matters, universities, Parliament, poor laws, etc. They also contain grants of arms, proclamations, musters, lists of judges, justices of the peace and

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other officers of the Crown, returns of aliens, noncomformists, etc. The State Papers Foreign contain treaties, correspondance, and other official records dealing with Britain's relationship with foreign nations. The holdings of the Library include the following collections of State Papers listed below.

NOTE: List of Volumes of State Papers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, Lists and Indexes, No. 43.
This publication provides a detailed chronological list of the State Papers Domestic held at the Public Record Office, London. It is helpful in determining the series (S.P.) and volume number of the microfilm collections of State Papers Domestic listed below.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 7:43.
State Papers Domestic, 1509-1547. Complete State Papers Domestic, Series III.
(“Letters and Papers of Henry VIII ”)
Part 1: Henry VIII, 1509-1528 (reels 553-575). Part 2: Henry VIII, 1528-1535 (reels 576-596). Part 3: Henry VIII, 1536-1539 (reels 597-618). Part 4: Henry VIII, 1539-1547 (reels 619-642). Part 5: Henry VIII, 1545-1547 (reels 643-663). Part 6: Henry VIII, 1516-1547 (reels 664-676).
124 microfilm reels ; 35 mm + guide, Research Publications
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:Ser.3 1509-1547 INDEX
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:Ser.3 1509-1547 MICROFILM
State Papers Domestic, 1547-1625 (PRO Classes SP 10-12, 14-15).
("Complete State Papers Domestic, Series I").
Part 1: Edward VI and Mary I, 1547-1558 (SP 10-11) reels 1-11. Parts 2-6: Elizabeth (SP 12) reels 12-123. Parts 7-10: James I (SP 14) reels 124-209. Part 11: Addenda (SP 15) reels 210-227.
227 microfilm reels, 35 mm., Harvester Microforms.
Purchased through the Cooperative Library Acquisition (COLA) Program.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1547-1625 MICROFILM.
State Papers Domestic, 1625-1665 (1625-1702) (PRO Classes SP 16, 18, 29).
("Complete State Papers Domestic, Series II").
Charles I (SP 16) reels 1-206, Interregnum (SP 18) reels 207-314, Charles II (SP 29) reels 315-360, James II reels 532-33, William III reels 534-42, King Williams Chest 543-552.
552 microfilm reels, 35 mm., Harvester Microforms (reels 1-314) and Research Publications (reels 315-552).
 
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1625-1702 MICROFILM.
State Papers Domestic, 1702-1714 (PRO Class SP 34).
("State Papers of Queen Anne, 1702-1714").
15 microfilm reels, 35 mm., Michael Glazier, Inc.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1702-1714 MICROFILM.
State Papers Foreign, 1547-1553 (PRO Class SP 68).
("State Papers Foreign of Edward VI").
6 microfilm reels, 35 mm., Michael Glazier, Inc.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22/2:1547-1553 MICROFILM.

 
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State Papers Foreign, 1553-1558 (PRO Class SP 69).
("State Papers Foreign of Mary I").
5 microfilm reels, 35 mm., Michael Glazier, Inc.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22/2:1553-1558 MICROFILM.
State Papers Foreign, 1592-1603 (PRO Classes SP 75, 77-78, 80-82, 84-85, 94 and 99).
("Uncalendared State Papers Foreign of Elizabeth I, 1592-1603").
Denmark (SP 75) reel 1, Flanders (SP 77) reels 2-3, France (SP 78) reels 4-16, Germany Empire and Hungary (SP 80) reel 17, Germany state (SP 81) reel 18, Hamburg and Hanse towns (SP 82) reel 18, Holland (SP 84) reels 19-27, Italian states and Rome (SP 85) reel 28, Spain (SP 94) reels 28-30, Venice (SP 99) reel 31.
31 microfilm reels, 35 mm., Harvester Microforms.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22/2:1592-1603 MICROFILM.
State Papers Foreign, 1812-1968.
("British and Foreign State Papers, 1812-1968").
170 vols., Harrison & Sons and Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1841-1977.
Print edition of the State Papers "Compiled and Edited in the Library and Records Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office," which includes a collection of texts of treaties and other related documents such as Acts, communiques, protocols and exchanges of diplomatic correspondence. Foreign as well as British material is included.
Index: General Indexes issued as separate volumes within this series: Vol. 64 (1373-1873), vol. 93 (1873-1900), vol. 115 (1900-1921), vol. 138 (1922-1934), vol. 165 (1935-1960), vol. 170 (1961-1968).
Norlin GovPubs: 301-F76 4:vol. NORBASE
State Papers Relating to Ireland, of the Reigns of Elizabeth I to George III
170 reels
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 54: MICROFILM

I.C.2. Calendars of the Public Record Office: State Papers and Related Documents

The Library owns various sets of printed Calendars of collections in the Public Record Office. Calendars are detailed lists which summarize the contents of a series of documents. Calendars for the State Papers and related document series are listed below. These are either original calendars published by HMSO or reprinted editions issued by Kraus Reprints, Ltd.
Carew Papers in the Lambeth Palace Library, London, 1515-1624 (Calendars).
6 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 42:vol. NORBASE
France, Documents preserved in, illustrative of the history of Great Britain and Ireland, 918-1206 (Calendars).
1 vol.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 13:1. NORBASE

 
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Ireland, Documents Relating to, 1171-1307 (Calendars).
5 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 25:1171-1307. NORBASE
Key to Public Record Office documents in letters and papers foreign and domestic, Henry VIII
Public Records Office, 1994
3 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 7/3 NORBASE
Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, 1509-1547 (Calendars).
21 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1509-47. NORBASE
Letters and State Papers (Simancas), Elizabeth I, 1558-1603 (Calendars).
("Calendar of letters and state papers relating to English affairs, preserved principally in the Archives of Simancas. Elizabeth")
4 vols.
Letters and state papers relating to English affairs preserved in the Archives of Simancas. This calendar is compiled mainly from transcripts at the British Museum and from printed books.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 24:vol. NORBASE
Papal Letters, 1198-1492 (Calendars).
("Entries in the Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland").
14 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 36:vol. NORBASE
Petitions to the Pope, 1342-1419 (Calendars).
("Entries in the Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland").
1 vol.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 36/2:1. NORBASE
Scotland, Documents Relating to, 1108-1509 (Calendars).
("Calendar of documents relating to Scotland...")
4 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 25/2:yr. NORBASE
Spain: Letters, Despatches, and State Papers relating to the Negotiations between England and Spain, 1485-1558 (Calendars).
13 vols.
Letters, despatches, and state papers relating to the negotiations between England and Spain, preserved in the Archives at Vienna, Brussels, Simancas and elsewhere. This calendar is compiled mainly from the originals or from transcripts at the Public Record Office.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 37:vol. NORBASE
State Papers (Rome), 1558-1578, Elizabeth I (Calendars).
("Calendar of state papers, relating to English affairs, preserved principally at Rome in the Vatican archives and library")
2 vols.
State papers relating to English affairs in the Vatican Archives and Library.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 34:vol. NORBASE
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State Papers and Manuscripts (Milan), 1359-1618 (Calendars).
1 vol.
State papers and manuscripts existing in the archives collections of Milan.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 18:1. NORBASE
State Papers and Manuscripts (Venice), 1202-1674 (Calendars).
38 vols.
State papers and manuscripts relating to English affairs existing in the archives and collections of Venice, and in other libraries of Northern Italy.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 21:vol. NORBASE
State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, 1574-1738, (Calendars).
39 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 17:vol. NORBASE
State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, etc., 1513-1684 (Calendars).
5 vols. (Vols. 2-4, 6 and 8 of State Papers Colonial series.)
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 17:vols. 2-4,6,8. NORBASE
State Papers Domestic, 1547-1625, Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth I and James I (Calendars).
12 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1547-1625. NORBASE
State Papers Domestic, 1625-1649, Charles I (Calendars).
23 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1625-49. NORBASE
State Papers Domestic, 1649-1660, Commonwealth (Calendars).
13 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1649-60.
State Papers Domestic, 1642-1656, Committee for Advance of Money (Calendars).
3 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1642-56. NORBASE
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State Papers Domestic, 1643-1660, Committee for Compounding with Delinquents (Calendars).
5 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1643-60. NORBASE
State Papers Domestic, 1660-1685, Charles II (Calendars).
28 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1660-85. NORBASE
State Papers Domestic, 1685-1688, James II (Calendars).
3 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1685-88. NORBASE
State Papers Domestic, 1689-1702, William III (Calendars).
11 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1689-1702. NORBASE
State Papers Domestic, 1702-1704, Anne (Calendars).
2 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1702-1704. NORBASE
State Papers Domestic, 1760-1775, George III, Home Office Papers (Calendars).
4 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 22:1760-75. NORBASE
State Papers Foreign, 1547-1553, Edward VI (Calendars).
1 vol.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 23:1547-53. NORBASE
State Papers Foreign, 1553-1558, Mary (Calendars).
1 vol.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 23:1553-58. NORBASE
State Papers Foreign, 1558-1589, Elizabeth I (Calendars).
23 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 23:1580-1603. NORBASE
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State Papers Foreign, 1589-1603, Elizabeth I (List and Analysis).
5 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 26:yr. NORBASE
State Papers Relating to Ireland, 1509-1603, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I (Calendars).
11 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 25:1509-1603. NORBASE
State Papers Relating to Ireland, 1603-1625, James I (Calendars).
5 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 25:1603-25. NORBASE
State Papers Relating to Ireland, 1625-1659, Charles I and Commonwealth (Calendars).
4 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 25:1625-59. NORBASE
State Papers Relating to Ireland, 1660-1670, Charles II (Calendars).
4 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 25:1660-70. NORBASE
Calendar of Treasury Books Preserved in the Public Record Office
We have vol. 17 (2 pts covering 1702), 19 (covering 1704-05), and 28 (covering 1714)
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 39: NORBASE
Treasury Books and Papers, 1729-1745 (Calendars).
5 vols.
The "Papers" are the original correspondence of the Treasury Board between 1557 and 1745, together with occasional minutes, reports, etc. "Treasury Books" comprise a number of classes of records, including the Board's minutes and serveral series of entry books of Warrants, etc.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 39/2:vol. NORBASE
Treasury Papers, 1557-1728 (Calendars).
6 vols.
(See description in previous entry.)
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 39/3:vol. NORBASE
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I.C.3. Calendars of the Public Record Office: Chancery, Exchequer, and Judicial Records

The Library owns various sets of printed Calendars of collections in the Public Record Office. Calendars are detailed lists which summarize the contents of a series of documents. Calendars for the document series relating to Chancery, Exchequer, and Judicial records are listed below. These are either original calendars published by HMSO or reprinted editions issued by Kraus Reprints, Ltd. (The descriptive notes in the entries below are taken in part from Sectional List 24, "British National Archives," Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 6:24/yr.)
Assize Records, Elizabeth I (Calendars).
Vol. 1: Sussex Indictments.
Vol. 2: Hertfordshire Indictments.
Vol. 3: Essex Indictments.
Vol. 4: Kent Indictments.
Vol. 5: Surrey Indictments.
The records of the Clerks of Assize reflect the work of the Assize Justices under their civil and criminal commissions, but the bulk of the surviving records relate to their criminal jurisdiction.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 43:vol. NORBASE
Assize Records, Home Circuit Indictments, Elizabeth I and James I (Calendars).
Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1985.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 43/3:In8. NORBASE
Assize Records, James I (Calendars).
Vol. 1: Sussex Indictments.
Vol. 2: Hertfordshire Indictments.
Vol. 3: Essex Indictments.
Vol. 4: Kent Indictments.
Vol. 5: Surrey Indictments.
(See description in above entry under: Assize Records, Elizabeth I.)
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 43/2:vol. NORBASE
Assize Records, Kent Indictments, 1625-1675 (Calendars).
3 vols.
Edited by J.S. Cockburn.
Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1989.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 43/4: NORBASE
Book of Fees. ("Testa de Nevill").
2 parts, text in Latin, and Index (part 3).
The two manuscript volumes known as the "Testa de Nevill" or Book of Fees contain copies, entered about 1307, of a number of returns and lists preserved in the Exchequer. The Book of Fees is an important source of information about the holdings of feudal tenants.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 9:B64. NORBASE

 
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Chancery Rolls, 1277-1326 (Calendars).
("Calendar of various Chancery rolls: supplemtary close rolls, Welsh rolls, Sutage rolls, A.D. 1277-1326")
1 vol.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 33/2:1277-1326. NORBASE
Chancery Warrants, 1244-1326 (Calendars).
1 vol.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 33:1. NORBASE
Charter Rolls, 1226-1516 (Calendars).
6 vols.
The royal charter was the solemn instrument whereby the Sovereign made original and confirmatory grants in perpetuity of lands, liberties, privileges, etc., to both corporations and individuals.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 10:vol. NORBASE
Close Rolls, 1227-1272, Henry III (Calendars).
15 vols., text in Latin.
(See description in next entry.)
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 11:yrs. NORBASE
Close Rolls, 1272-1509 (Calendars).
Edward I, 1272-1307, 5 vols.
Edward II, 1307-1327, 4 vols.
Edward III, 1327-1377, 14 vols.
Richard II, 1377-1399, 7 vols.
Henry IV, 1399-1413, 5 vols.
Henry V, 1413-1422, 2 vols.
Henry VI, 1422-1461, 6 vols.
Edward IV, 1461-1476, 2 vols.
Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, 1476-1485, 1 vol.
Henry VII, 1485-1509, 2 vols.
Henry VIII, 1227-51, 14 vols.
Writs and orders under the Great Seal addressed by the Sovereign to individuals were folded or closed up and are hence known as letters close. Until Tudor times the Close Rolls contain royal instructions for the performance of a wide variety of acts: the observance of treaties, the levying of subsidies, the repair of buildings, the payment of salaries, the provisions of Household requirements, the delivery of their landed inheritances to heirs, the assignment of dower to widows, etc. Private deeds enrolled for safe custody on the back of the Close Rolls are especially numerous from 1382, and from 1532-33 such deeds form the entire content of the roll.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 11:yrs. NORBASE

 
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Curia Regis Rolls, c.1189-1242 (Calendars).
Vol. 1: Richard I, John.
Vols. 2-7: John.
Vols. 8-19: Henry III.
These rolls record proceedings in the Bench (later known as the court of Common Pleas) and in the court coram rege. Apart from their value for the study of medieval English law, these rolls reflect the social and economic life of all classes of contemporary English society.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 5:vol. NORBASE
Feudal Aids, 1284-1431 (Calendars).
("Inquisitions and Assessments relating to Feudal Aids, with other Analogous Documents, 1284-1431").
Vol. 1: Bedford to Devon.
Vol. 2: Dorset to Huntingdon.
Vol. 3: Kent to Norfolk.
Vol. 4: Northampton to Somerset.
Vol. 5: Stafford to Worcester.
Vol. 6: York and Additions.
This work, based on various accounts, returns, surveys, etc., among the Exchequer records, is of considerable topographical value as illustrating the succession of holders of land in England between the 13th and 15th centuries.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 6:vol. NORBASE
Fine Rolls, 1272-1509 (Calendars).
Edward I, 1272-1307, vol. 1.
Edward II, 1307-1327, vols. 2-3.
Edward III, 1327-1377, vols. 4-8.
Richard II, 1377-1399, vols. 9-11.
Henry IV, 1399-1413, vols. 12-13.
Henry V, 1413-1422, vol. 14.
Henry VI, 1422-1461, vols. 15-19.
Edward IV, 1461-1471, vol. 20.
Edward IV, Richard III, 1471-1485, vol. 21.
Henry VII, 1485-1509, vol. 22.
The "fines" from which the Fine Rolls take their name were payments made for writs, grants, licences, pardons, etc., of various kinds, most of them under the Great Seal, relating to matters in which the Crown had a financial interest. The documents enrolled include writs to inquire post mortem, writs to the Barons of the Exchequer to assign terms for the payments of debts due the Crown and to cause fines to be taken from prisoners for their release, licences to marry, appointments of sheriffs and other royal officers who would be required to account at the Exchequer, writs to remove causes from inferior tribunals into the King's courts, etc.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 20:vol. NORBASE
Gascon Rolls, 1307-1317 (Calendars).
1 vol., text in Latin.
The Gascon Rolls form the principal source for the study of English administration in Gascony. Among the documents they contain are treaties, truces, appointments and powers of ambassadors, as well as grants of offices, lands, etc., and letters of safe-conduct and protection.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 9:G21. NORBASE

 
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Inquisitions Miscellaneous, c.1216-c.1422 (Calendars).
Vol. 1: Henry III and Edward I.
Vol. 2: Edward II-22 Edward III.
Vol. 3: 22-51 Edward III.
Vol. 4: 1-12 Richard II.
Vol. 5: 11-15 Richard II.
Vol. 6: 16-23 Richard II.
Vol. 7: Henry IV and Henry V.
These include a number of Inquisitions returned in the Chancery, of too varied a nature to allow for further classification, which are not included in the following classes of inquisitions: Inquisitions Post Mortem, Inquisitions ad quod Damnum, and Criminal Inquisitions.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 32:vol. NORBASE
Inquisitions Post Mortem, c.1236-1405 (Calendars).
Henry III (from 20th year), vol. 1.
Edward I, vols. 2-4.
Edward II, vols. 5-6.
Edward III, vols. 7-14.
Richard II, vols. 15-17.
Henry IV, vols. 18-19
Henry V, vols. 20-22
Upon the death of any land-holder presumed to have been a tenant of the king in chief, sworn inquiry was held to establish of what lands, etc. he was seized at the time of his death, their value, by what rents or services they were held, and the name and age of his next heir. The "proofs of age" returned when minor heirs came of age are filed with the Inquisitions Post Mortem.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 8:vol. NORBASE
Inquisitions Post Mortem (Second Series), 1485-1509, Henry VII (Calendars).
3 vols.
(See description in previous entry.)
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 8/2:vol. NORBASE
Acts on Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642
3 vols.
HMSO, 1911
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A3 5: 642-60 NORBASE
Liberate Rolls, 1226-1272, Henry III (Calendars).
6 vols.
On these rolls were entered the writs of liberate (Latin "deliver ye") whereby the officers of the Exchequer were ordered to make payments on behalf of the Crown. The rolls of Henry III's reign deal with expenditure and accounting on an almost infinite variety of matters and are particularly valued by the student of medieval art and architecture, as well as by social and economic historians.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 15:vol. NORBASE

 
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Memoranda Rolls, 1231-1233, Henry III (Calendars).
1 vol., text in Latin.
(See description in next entry.)
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 38/2:yrs. NORBASE
Memoranda Rolls, 1326-1327 (Calendars).
1 vol.
The Memoranda Rolls maintained by the clerks of the King's Remembrancer and the Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer contain entries of notes of matters arising either during the viewing or auditing of accounts or in the course of routine Exchequer business, and especially that of recovering payments owing to the Crown.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 38:yrs. NORBASE
Patent Rolls, 1216-1578 (Calendars).
Henry III, 1216-1272, 6 vols. (Vols. 1-2, 1216-1232, text in Latin)
Edward I, 1272-1307, 4 vols.
Edward II, 1307-1327, 5 vols.
Edward III, 1327-1377, 16 vols.
Richard II, 1377-1399, 6 vols.
Henry IV, 1399-1413, 4 vols.
Henry V, 1413-1422, 2 vols.
Henry VI, 1422-1461, 6 vols.
Edward IV, 1461-1467, 1 vol.
Edward IV, Henry VI, 1467-1477, 1 vol.
Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III, 1476-1485, 1 vol.
Henry VII, 1485-1509, 2 vols.
Henry VIII (Patent Rolls are also included in Letters and Papers, 301-R24 22:1509-47).
Edward VI, 1547-1553, 6 vols.
Philip and Mary, 1553-1558, 4 vols.
Elizabeth I, 1558-1582, 9 vols.
Letters patent, so called from being issued "open" with the Great Seal pendent, announce royal acts of the most diverse kinds, including grants and leases of land, appointments to offices, licences and pardons, denizations of aliens, and presentations to ecclesiastical benefices. From 1516 the sort of royal grant which had hitherto been made by charter took the form of letters patent.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 12:yrs. NORBASE
Signet Letters of Henry IV and Henry V (Calendars).
1 vol.
This volume contains all the letters issued under the signet which are known to survive from these two reigns, whether as originals or as drafts or copies. Most are held in the Public Record Office, but a number are preserved elsewhere. Their subject matter ranges from diplomatic activity to grants to individuals.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 9:C12s. NORBASE

 
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Treaty Rolls, 1234-1339 (Calendars).
2 vols.
The Treaty Rolls form the main Chancery record, from 1234 onwards, of the English side of official dealings, commercial, diplomatic, and military, with European countries and of the administration of the possessions of the English Crown in Northern France.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 35:vol. NORBASE
Treaty Rolls: Diplomatic Documents, 1101-1272 (Calendars).
1 vol., text in Latin.
The Diplomatic Documents comprise not only the original treaties and formal instruments delivered by foreign contracting parties to English Sovereigns but all the extant records of what may be called the medieval "Foreign Office."
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 31:1. NORBASE

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