A cartulary is a medieval manuscript volume or roll of a specific institution, recording its rights, privileges and properties. "Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain" by G. R. C. Davis was first published in 1958, and provides a full listing of all monastic and secular cartularies from England, Scotland and Wales. It is widely regarded as an indispensable tool for the study of British history during the Middle Ages. This new edition is substantially revised. Many of the cartularies recorded in the original edition have changed hands in the intervening fifty years; several more have subsequently come to light (including examples from Athelney Abbey, St Andrews Cathedral Priory, and the Hotot and Kay families); and, numerous others have been studied and edited since Medieval Cartularies was originally published. The new edition also takes into account enrolled evidences and the cartularies of corporations, omitted in the original version. Each entry has also been rearranged, enabling the reader to determine at a glance the current location, dating and former ownership of individual cartularies.
Claire Breay""is head of medieval and earlier manuscripts at the British Library and the author of "Magna Carta Manuscripts and Myths, "among other publications. Julian Harrison is curator of medieval and earlier manuscripts at the British Library and coeditor of "The Chronicle of Melrose Abbey. "David M. Smith was formerly director of the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research and the editor of two volumes of "The Heads of Religious Houses: England and Wales. "