A revised and augmented edition of P H Sawyer's catalogue of Anglo-Saxon charters

"Peter Sawyer’s Anglo-Saxon Charters: an Annotated List and Bibliography was first published in 1968. It provided a comprehensive, systematic and accurate guide to the entire corpus of charters, and immediately transformed the study of the subject. Charters were previously known by their numbers in the great nineteenth-century editions by Kemble (KCD) and Birch (BCS); now they are invariably known by their number in ‘Sawyer’, e.g. S 876. The revision and updating of Sawyer’s catalogue began in the early 1990s. It was undertaken by Dr Susan Kelly, under the auspices the the BA-RHS Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters, with funding from various sources. The ‘Revised Sawyer’ was put up on the forerunner of the ‘Kemble’ website in January 1999.In 2003 Dr Rebecca Rushforth began work on the completion of the revision and updating of the ‘Revised Sawyer’, and on the development of the ‘Electronic Sawyer’. The project is based in the Department of ASNC, University of Cambridge, and is funded by the AHRC. The ‘Electronic Sawyer’ is based on a webserver at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College, London. It was made available on this website in 2006, and remains in a state of development. A major feature of the ‘Electronic Sawyer’ will be the provision of authoritative texts of each charter, taken from the volumes edited by Dr Susan Kelly, and others, and published by the British Academy. The texts have been made ready for the web by Dr David Pelteret; some are accompanied by English translations" (from project web site; please see for more details).


Principal investigator
Professor Simon Keynes
Principal project staff
Professor Simon Keynes, Professor Harold Short, Dr Rebecca Rushforth
Start date
Monday, August 1, 2005
Completion date
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Source material
Peter Sawyer's Anglo-Saxon Charters: an Annotated List and Bibliography (1968).