Charters of the Borough of Cambridge

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Professor F. W. Maitland was the foremost Victorian scholar on English legal history, and Mary Bateson a Cambridge medieval historian. This 1901 volume was edited for the Corporation of Cambridge and the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. It provides a transcript and translation of the royal charters issued to the borough of Cambridge between the twelfth and the seventeenth centuries. Maitland lays stress on the considerable independence the medieval borough had. It was largely self-governing, royal charters ...

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Professor F. W. Maitland was the foremost Victorian scholar on English legal history, and Mary Bateson a Cambridge medieval historian. This 1901 volume was edited for the Corporation of Cambridge and the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. It provides a transcript and translation of the royal charters issued to the borough of Cambridge between the twelfth and the seventeenth centuries. Maitland lays stress on the considerable independence the medieval borough had. It was largely self-governing, royal charters bestowing or confirming liberties rather than regulating the town governance or providing a constitution. However, there were some limitations, chiefly relating to justice, for which royal permission was needed. It was not until the late seventeenth century that royal authority began to tighten its control of borough affairs. The introduction explains the conventions of such charters, and how the reader should interpret the information contained therein. A valuable source of local history with wider significance.

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Introduction; 1. Writ of King Henry the First; 2. Writ of King Henry the Second; 3. First charter of King John; 4. Second charter of King John; 5. First charter of King Henry the Third; 6. Second charter of King Henry the Third; 7. Third charter of King Henry the Third; 8. Fourth charter of King Henry the Third; 9. Charter of King Edward the First; 10. Charter of King Edward the Second; 11. Letters patent of King Richard the Second; 12. First charter of King Richard the Second; 13. Second charter of King Richard the Second; 14. Letters patent of King Richard the Second; 15. Letters patent of King Henry the Fourth; 16. Letters patent of King Henry the Fifth; 17. Letters patent of King Henry the Sixth; 18. Letters patent of King Henry the Sixth; 19. Letters patent of King Edward the Fourth; 20. Letters patent of King Edward the Fourth; 21. Letters patent of King Henry the Eighth; 22. Letters exemplificatory of King Henry the Eighth; 23. Letters patent of King Edward the Sixth; 24. Letters exemplificatory of King Edward the Sixth; 25. Letters patent of Queen Elizabeth; 26. Letters patent of King James the First; 27. Letters patent of King Charles the First; 28. Letters patent of King Charles the Second; Appendices.

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