s. x2-s. xi. Will of Siflæd, including bequest of Marlingford, Norfolk, to Bury St Edmunds; and other bequests to Marlingford tunkirke and Christchurch in Norwich. English


Bury St Edmunds


1. Cambridge, University Library, Ff.2.33, ff. 49v-50r (s. xiii 2)


K, 947; B, 1014

Printed and Translated:

Thorpe, pp. 592-3; Whitelock, Wills, no. 38 (pp. 94-5)


Whitelock, Wills, pp. 206-7; Hart, ECEE, no. 121, authentic; Finberg 1972, p. 509; Pelteret 1995, pp. 123, 125, 130; Faith 1997, p. 167

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    • Here in this document it is made known how Siflæd granted her possessions when she went across the sea. First, to the village church in Marlingford five acres and one homestead and two acres of meadow and two wagonloads of wood; and to my tenants their homesteads as their own possession: and all my men [are to be] free. And I grant to each of my brothers a wagonload of wood. And I grant to Christchurch at Norwich four head of cattle, and two to St Mary's, and one to my . . . . And I grant to St Edmund's all that may happen to be left of my property, that is house and homestead in Marlingford, with wood and open land, meadow and live stock. And if I come home, then I wish to occupy that estate for my life; and after my death the will is to take effect. And whosoever alters this, may God turn away his face from him on the Day of Judgment, unless he repent it here.
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    • [H]er Switeleˇ on ˇis write ihu Sifled vthe hire aihte ˇo sche ouer se ferde. ˇat is erst into ˇe tunkirke on Mardingfor∂ .V. acres 7 ane toft. 7 .II. acres medwe and to wayne gong to wude. and ic mine landsethlen here toftes to owen aihte 7 alle mine men fre. And ic an eiˇer mine brother ane wayn gong to wude. And ic an into Northwich to Cristes kirke .IIII. retheren. and to into sancte Marian and on into mine duzme. and ic an into seynt Eadmunde al ˇat ˇere to lafe gesceotte. ˇat beth on Mardingfor∂a. hus and hom. 7 wude and feld. 7 on medwe. and on yrue. And gif ic hom cume; ˇanne wille ic sitten on ˇat londe mine day. and after mine day; stonde ˇat cuide. and wo so ˇis awende; god awende his ansene from him on domesday buten he it here bete.