This popular primary source reader spans several centuries in over one hundred documents.
In addition to constitutional highlights and standard texts such as the Magna Carta and Froissart's Chronicles, the editors include narrative sources on the lived experiences of an array of historical actors.
All sources fit into thematic clusters on the Anglo-Saxon monarchy, lay piety, late medieval commercial life, queenship, and Jewish communities.
The new edition begins in 500 CE with sources on the Gregorian mission and Viking invasions.
Thirty new sources have been added, covering significant events such as the conquest of Wales and important themes and genres such as miracle collections, material culture, and archaeology.
Introductions and thought-provoking questions situate each source in the historical landscape, paying attention to the circumstances of composition, the author's concerns, intended audience, and the conventions of the genre.