Sending a proposal
To send a proposal to edit one of the available Early English Laws, please refer to the instructions you can find at http://www.earlyenglishlaws.ac.uk/edit/


Adding your approved edition

To add your edition and related material to the Early English Laws database, you will first need to be given access to the editorial interface. You will be sent the relevant details and access data via email by the Literary Board.
Please refer to the guidelines available at http://www.earlyenglishlaws.ac.uk/edit/guide-editors/ for instructions on how to use the editorial interface and input your edition.

The manuscripts

The Early English Laws database holds high quality reproductions of the laws contained in 77 manuscripts dating from before 1215. You can find a list of these manuscripts here: http://www.earlyenglishlaws.ac.uk/laws/manuscripts/

Viewing the manuscripts

To view the manuscript images, click on the siglum you can find on the right hand side of the table. A page will open with a description of the manuscript and a short summary of its contents. Use the tabs under the manuscript name to view the images as an ‘open book’ or to ‘close up’ on a folio/page.

The ‘Open book’ view offers the opportunity to turn the pages by clicking on the arrow buttons, or to jump ahead by selecting a specific folio/page number in the drop-down menu at the top right of the image.

When using the ‘Close up’ view, hover with your cursor on top of the yellow ‘How to use the viewer’ button for suggestions on how to use the image viewer.

The image thumbnail in the top right corner appears only when the mouse pointer is positioned over the image. The yellow rectangle within the thumbnail represents which region of the image is currently visible.
To drag the image, left-click the image and hold the mouse button down while moving the mouse in the desired direction.
To zoom-in, you can:

  • double-click the image
  • click the '+' button under the thumbnail  
  • press the '+' key

To zoom-out, you can:             

  • click the '' button under the thumbnail
  • press the '' key


Manuscript contents

A grey shaded box under the left-hand page navigation summarises the contents of the manuscript and illustrates which law is contained on the folio/page currently on view.

The Laws

Viewing the law

A list of Early English Laws is available at http://www.earlyenglishlaws.ac.uk/laws/texts/. By clicking on a Law title you will land on an introductory page which contains information about the contents of the law, the existing print editions, the manuscripts that are available to view on the website and some additional content depending on the editorial status of the law.

If the law has already been edited and is included in the website, you will be able to see an introduction by the editor and a link to the digital edition.


It is possible to view each of the edited laws in two ways:

  • as facing columns, this is the default view
  • as full page text, by clicking on the icon:

When using the facing columns view it is possible to combine the following elements:

  • edition
  • translation of the edition
  • commentary
  • critical apparatus
  • transcriptions (when available)
  • translation of transcriptions (when available)

The combination of views can be chosen by selecting one of the above options in the drop-down menu


Other viewing options:

There is a menu with several options under the title of the edition:


When a button is selected it appears darkened.

  • This button allows you to synchronise the two columns so that they run parallel. This is particularly useful when looking at translations and critical apparatus in the second column.
  • This button allows you to turn on the apparatus criticus within the text of the edition. This can then be seen when hovering with the cursor on the small cross icons scattered in the text ()
  • The first bubble button allows you to turn on/off commentary icons within the text of the edition. Commentary entries can then be viewed in a tooltip box which appears when hovering over theicons.
  • The second bubble button allows you to turn on/off user comments icons within the text of the edition. User comments entries can then be viewed in a tooltip box which appears when hovering over theicons. When there are comments associated with a section, this icon appears in a darker shade of green.
  • This button allows you to turn on/off book and chapter divisions if required.


User area

Register/Log in

In order to add your comments to the editions, you need to register your details under “My Profile” : http://www.earlyenglishlaws.ac.uk/user/
Once you have registered, you will be able to log in. 

Add and view comments

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