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Rymer's Foedera (c. 1066-c. 1700s?)

Compiled in the early 1700s, the Foedera is a collection of State Papers in England, manuscripts and documents dating from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the 18th century. The Library holds 17 volumes, published between 1704 and 1735. The texts are mostly in Latin, although the later volumes contain some in English.

It was intended by Thomas Rymer, the original compiler, to focus on English foreign relations and includes ‘all the leagues, treaties, alliances, capitulations, and confederacies, which have at any time been made between the Crown of England and any other kingdoms, princes and states’. The records shed light on, for example, the English Crown’s struggle with Owain Glyndwr. The series ended up being more eclectic in its final version – there are several documents in Volume 8, for example, which relate to Geoffrey Chaucer – and it therefore sheds valuable light on broader aspects of English medieval and early modern history. Nevertheless, the collection remains of special importance to the historian of International Law.