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date: 19 May 2019

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The period 1100–1500 saw a boom in writing of all kinds in Britain, from literary works such as romances and treatises to legal and administrative documents including charters, registers, and accounts. This article considers the main types of written evidence available for the study of later medieval Britain, as well as the various means of accessing them in archives, libraries, and online. Some pitfalls of interpreting documents and texts are then explored, before a discussion of how medieval archaeologists can make use of historical sources and vice versa, using examples drawn from recent research. Lastly, there is a consideration of the current state of the relationship between medieval archaeology and history, where interdisciplinary agendas are increasingly being followed.

Keywords: written evidence, documents, records, texts, archives, literature, history

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