Medieval Textus Roffensis manuscript at Rochester Cathedral is added to UNESCO register


A collection of early English laws preserved in a manuscript at one of the UK’s oldest cathedrals has been added to a prestigious international register of historic documents.

The document, known as the Textus Roffensis, predates the Magna Carta by nearly 100 years. 

It was compiled in the early 1120s by a monk of St Andrew’s Priory at Rochester Cathedral in Kent.

The first half of the 12th century manuscript – named ‘Rochester book’ when translated from Latin – contains copies of pre-Norman…



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