Guide to the Muniments of Westminster Abbey

Guide to the Muniments of Westminster Abbey

Richard Mortimer


Boydell Press



A guide to the important records of Westminster Abbey, from the tenth century to the present day.
The Muniments of Westminster Abbey constitute the archives of the iconic church that has been at the heart of public life in England since the middle ages. As well as coronations, royal events and the burials of the great and famous, the archive comprises the records of one of England's most important medieval monasteries and one of the wealthiest cathedral-style collegiate churches refounded in the Reformation period. The long, continuous history of Westminster Abbey has led to an exceptionally undisturbed archive, stretching from the tenth century to the present day and incorporating estate papers, accounts, court rolls, wills, personal papers, maps and plans as well as many surprises. This book is the first full published overview of this major archive, comprising a history of record-keeping, an analysis of the main subjects covered, and summaries of the principal series.

Dr Richard Mortimer was until his retirement Keeper of the Muniments, Westminster Abbey.


September 2012
1 black and white illustrations
138 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Westminster Abbey Record Series
ISBN: 9781843837435
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC REL108020, REL016000, REL014000
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and Bibliography
History of the Archive
The Main Types of Record
The Numbered Series
The Modern Series
Visual and Sound Records: Maps, Plans, Prints, Drawings, Photographs and Recordings


This is an excellent guide to the Abbey's records of all sorts. It is enlivened by snippets of information, such as that members of the Order of the Bath can still be married in Henry VII's Chapel. It will become the standard guide. ARCHIVES

A very welcome contribution to understanding the complex workings and interweavings of what is after all Britain's greatest ecclesiastical creation. ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY

An extremely valuable piece of work: fascinating to dip into, but well worth reading from cover to cover. THE RICARDIAN

Surveys the history and contents of this rich archive, providing a useful resource for those already using it and helping those unfamiliar with the collection learn what riches the muniments contain. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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