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An account of the settlement of a dispute between Godwine, bishop of Rochester, and Leofwine, son of Ælfheah, concerning land at Snodland, Kent.

Charter information
Sawyer 1456
Birch ---
Kemble 929
British Academy Campbell, Rochester No. 37
Source Used Brit_Ac
Archive(s) Rochester
Source Information
Scholarly Source Dating 995 x 1005


Stevenson 1912, p. 5 and n. 14; Wallenberg, KPN, p. 330, on place-names; Harmer 1938, pp. 363-5; Robertson, Charters, pp. 384-5; Harmer, Writs, pp. 46-7, 541; Chaplais 1966/1, pp. 172, 173 (= 1973, pp. 56, 58); HRH, p. 236, probably genuine; Campbell, Rochester, pp. xx-xxi, on dispute, p. xxvii, genuine; Keynes 1980, p. 34 n. 59, p. 137 n. 185; Kennedy 1985, pp. 182, 186, on legal background; Wormald 1986, pp. 157-61, on dispute; Wormald 1988, no. 69; Keynes 1990, pp. 246, 250, cited; Kennedy 1995, pp. 172 n., 180 n., 182, on legal background; Flight 1996; Faith 1997, p. 157, cited.


Editor Article or Book Title Journal or Pub.Loc. Date pp.
Robertson, Agnes Jane Anglo-Saxon Charters Cambridge 1957 140-3 [no.69]

Event/Transaction List

Factoid Type Source Reference Short Description
1 Event S1456    Godwine 23, bishop of Rochester, and Leofwine 37, Ælfheah 40's son, were reconciled at Canterbury about the estate at Snodland. When Bishop Godwine 23 succeeded to the episcopal see, by the command of his royal lord King Æthelred 32, after the death of Bishop Ælfstan 39, he found in the cathedral the very deeds which his predecessor had had and with which he laid claim to the estate. Then he set about laying claim to the estate - and durst not do otherwise for the fear of God - until the suit became known to the king. When the claim was known to him, he sent a letter and his seal to Archbishop Ælfric 46, and gave orders that he and his thegns in East Kent and West Kent should settle the dispute between them justly, weighing both claim and counterclaim. The next stage was that Bishop Godwine 23 came to Canterbury to the Archbishop, and thither came [also] Leofric 39 the sheriff and with him Abbot Ælfhun 3 and the thegns both of East Kent and West Kent - all the leading men - and there they dealt etc.
2 Transaction S1456    By way of dispute settlement, Bishop Godwine 23 and Leofwine 37 agreed that the latter should hold Snodland, Kent for his lifetime after which it should revert to Rochester 1