A.D. 1047 x 1070. Æthelmær, bishop (of Elmham), to (Bury) St Edmunds; bequest of land at Hindringham, Langham, Hindolveston and Swanton Novers, Norfolk. English


Bury St Edmunds


1. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.2.33, f. 49r (s. xiii 2)

Printed and Translated:

Thorpe, pp. 599-600; Whitelock, Wills, no. 35 (p. 92)


Whitelock, Wills, pp. 204-5; Hart, ECEE, no. 136, authentic; Pelteret 1995, pp. 122, 297

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    • In our Lord's name I, Bishop Æthelmær, declare to all men what I have granted to St Edmund's. That is, the estate at Hindringham and the estate at Langham and the estate at Hindolveston and the estate at Swanton, with all the things which I have acquired there, and in addition half a hundred marks of silver. And however I may change my will, it is my wish that this shall ever remain unchanged for the redemption of my soul. And he who wishes to change this bequest - may God turn his face from him on the Day of Judgment.
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    • [O]n vre Drichtines name ic Ailmer biscop kithe alle manne ihwat ic habbe vnnen into sancte Eadmunde ˇat is ˇat lond at Hindringham. and ˇat lond at Langham. and ˇat lond at Hildoluestone 7 ˇat lond at Suanetone mid alle ˇe ˇinge ˇat ic ˇerto bigete'n' habbe. and ˇertoeken half Hundred marc silueres and ihu so ic Wende mine cuide; ic Wille ˇat ˇis stonde euere vnawent mine soule to lisidnesse. And se ˇe ˇise quide wenden wille; Wende god his ansene him from on domisday.