Annales monasterii S. Albani AD 1421–1440 2 Volume Set
Between 1863 and 1876, the Rolls Series published several works from or about the abbey of St Albans, edited by Henry Thomas Riley (1816–78) under the rubric Chronica monasterii S. Albani. These annals, and a short chronicle, whose attribution to the shadowy John Amundesham seemed doubtful even in Riley's day, appeared in two volumes in 1870–1. They describe events in the first half of the fifteenth century, during the first abbacy of John of Whethamstede, and record fascinating information about the early reign of Henry VI. Topics covered in Volume 1 include relations between the Pope and Byzantium, visits from dignitaries, the abbot's travels in Europe, disasters and drownings. Volume 2 includes details of building projects, lists of the abbot's huge allowances of food and wine, and a detailed inventory of the monastery church's treasures. The Latin text is accompanied by an introduction and side-notes in English.