The Canterbury Roll has been part of the holdings of the University of Canterbury Library since 1918 (when the University was still known as Canterbury College). Not much concerning its provenance is known - it appears, however, to have originated in 15th-century England in the age of the Wars of the Roses.
The sections below provide further information concerning the Roll's possible origins:
An introduction to the Wars of the Roses and the House of Lancaster that contributed to the production of the Canterbury Roll in 15th-century England
The insertion of certain powerful noble families into the Roll - such as the Nevilles and Beauforts - suggest the involvement of the nobility in its creation
A brief explanation of modifications made after 1461 that changed the nature of the Canterbury Roll from a Lancastrian to a Yorkist document