This thirteen-volume series, published for the Yorkshire Archaeological Society between 1914 and 1965, is an extensive collection of the pre-thirteenth-century deeds and charters of Yorkshire, which had previously remained largely unpublished. The first three volumes were expertly edited by William Farrer (1861-1924), after whose death Charles Travis Clay (1885-1978) took up the task. The series was well respected for the quality of Farrer's editing, which was only surpassed by that of Clay in the later volumes. Volume 1 (1914) contains nine pre-Norman documents, with extensive commentary by the historian and philologist William Henry Stevenson (1858-1924). It also contains royal charters and deeds relating to the city of York, arranged by barony. Farrer has attempted to provide a date for each document, and has added extensive annotation throughout which relates to the content, background and manuscript sources of the texts.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Pre-Norman documents; 2. The archbishop of York's fee; 3. The city of York; 4. St Mary's abbey, York; 5. St Clement's priory, York; 6. The Crown fee; 7. Aincurt fee; 8. Arches fee; 9. Balliol fee; 10. Belvoir fee; 11. Bigod fee.