Letters and Papers Illustrative of the Wars of the English in France
This two-volume compilation contains the texts of documents in Latin, Middle French and Middle English (with translations and abstracts) concerning the later phases of the Hundred Years' War, focusing on the period 1423–1450. Published between 1861 and 1864, it was edited by Joseph Stevenson (1807–95), a Northumbrian archivist and clergyman who had been instrumental in persuading the British government to sponsor the Rolls Series project. Stevenson transcribed and translated material from archival sources in France and England, including the Registers of the Grants issued by the English government in France from 1420 to 1433 and the Privy Seal collection. The Preface to Volume 2, Part 1 outlines key events from the 1435 Treaty of Arras to 1445, and the texts, all from French archives, relate mainly to diplomatic and financial matters. They include fascinating details such as a large order for French wine from the Dowager Queen Katherine.