Monastic documents of Durham Cathedral online

Scribes and early medieval English scholars will want to visit the Durham Cathedral Muniments website and view a collection of documents comprising the "most important medieval archive in the British Isles outside the Public Record Office."

The collection, designed to "provide a conspectus of the various types of document kept by a large monastery supported by extensive estates and with an array of privileges" includes scanned images of documents such as the following:

  • Charter of King Duncan II of Scotland
  • Confirmation of cathedral chapter of episcopal grant
  • Grant of marriage portion
  • Mandate of Pope Innocent III to judges delegate, 1211
  • Lease of Dinsdale church, 1255
  • Concession of freedom to mine coal and transport it
  • Appointment of proctor to collect wool, 1303
  • Order for payment to Robert Bruce, 1318
  • Writ of King Edward III for delivery of tax revenues, 1337
  • Oath of fidelity of William Raket, 1402
  • Receipt to monastic subcollector for first instalment of tax, 1403
  • Bursar-Granator indentures, 1467-8