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The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England
Edited by Chris Given-Wilson et al.
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Eight million words of text, translation and introductions, recording the English Parliaments from Edward I to Henry VII

Edited by: C. Given-Wilson (general editor), P. Brand, A. Curry, R. E. Horrox, G. Martin, W. M. Ormrod, J. R. S. Phillips

This CD-ROM contains the full text and translation of the meetings of the English parliament from Edward I to Henry VII, covering the years from 1272 to 1504. All surviving records of the parliaments, including many texts never before published, are given in full, with new scholarly introductions to each parliament. The parliament rolls themselves are freshly transcribed from the original documents, while the transcripts incorporate precise information about the text in the documents (e.g., deleted and unreadable text) never before available. Over 100 specimen images show the rolls themselves, while a sophisticated search system permits retrieval of words and phrases across the whole text.


  • Full transcripts of all documents for each parliament, including many unpublished
  • Transcripts made against the documents themselves, including detail of text added, deleted, corrected and unreadable
  • View transcripts by membrane, or by page from the 1783 and other editions


  • Translations of all documents, hyperlinked to each transcript
  • Translations and transcripts presented in parallel windows
  • Eight million words of text and translation


  • 116 high-resolution colour digital images of specimen and key documents
  • Images accessible from the main menu, or from the transcripts, with full captions

Scholarly materials

  • New introductions to each parliament, written by specialist scholarly editors
  • Appendices of supplementary material to individual parliaments and full bibliography

Searching and navigation

  • Go to the parliaments for any King from the opening page, or from a menu
  • Search full text of all parliaments and introductions by word and phrase
  • View hits in �key word in context� display, linked to the full text with highlighted hits
  • View hits organized by reign, then by parliament
  • Go directly to the text of any page from the 1783 edition

Sponsored and supported by: The Leverhulme Trust, The National Archives, Cambridge University Press and The History of Parliament Trust with: University of St Andrews, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Southampton, University of York, National University of Ireland (Dublin)
This CD-ROM version is designed so that the reader can load it on the hard disc of the computer and always have the full text and images of the books available.
The Parliament Rolls of Medieval England is published by Scholarly Digital Editions in association with The National Archives, The History of Parliament Trust and Cambridge University Press.

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