Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum, 1066-1154. Volume II : by Charles Johnson

By Charles Johnson

Excerpt from Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum, 1066-1154, Vol. 2: Regesta Henrici Primi, 1100-1135

The first quantity of this paintings used to be released in 1913, and the editors then believed that the second one and 3rd volumes may persist with in fast succession. however the 4 years of conflict, which so quickly undefined, interrupted the duty. Professor Davis used to be absorbed within the tasks of the struggle alternate Intelligence division, and his pursuits thenceforward have been diverted to the issues of contemporary background. At his dying, in 1928, the fabrics for the later volumes have been considerably as he had left them in 1914. In 1930 the Delegates of the Clarendon Press, with the concurrence of Mrs. Davis, entrusted the duty of constant the Regesta to the elder of the current editors, who made haste to safe the aid of a more youthful student, lest the paintings should still back be interrupted through loss of life. The slowness with which we performed our activity is due partly to the need of studying by way of genuine exam what resources were exhausted and what remained unused: partially to the unevenness within the abstracts and outlines inevitable within the co-operation of a couple of voluntary helpers. A moment struggle concerned one other interval of hold up during which examine was once very unlikely; and we're wakeful that we have got now not completely conquer both of our preliminary problems. we're, even though, persuaded that even a less than perfect catalogue is a step to a extra excellent presentation of the acts of the Norman interval, within which the complete texts should be published, and unique charters reproduced in facsimile.

In getting ready the current quantity we now have had the good thing about the past due William Farrer's Itinerary of Henry I, published within the English old evaluate in 1919, and issued individually with a precious index. we can't accurately convey our tasks to Farrer's paintings; and notwithstanding we've not continually followed his conjectural dates, we now have hardly needed to dissent from the bounds of date which he mounted. we've his instance in mentioning those, even if the files are prepared in response to the dates which now we have proposal possible. whilst a distinct 12 months isn't assigned the charters are ranged lower than the later restricting date. we now have incorporated a few charters which Farrer both didn't understand of or considered no price for the development of his Itinerary.

Our thank you are as a result of all who contributed to the 1st quantity in addition to to this. Many, lamentably, are useless. we will basically bear in mind with gratitude Canon Foster, of Lincoln; Mr. Herbert Chitty, bursar of Winchester collage; and Mr. L. C. Loyd; and lots of of these already pointed out in Vol. I. between our dwelling fellow-workers we needs to specially thank Mr. G. H. White, editor of the total Peerage, and Mr. Charles Clay, who keeps Farrer's paintings on Early Yorkshire Charters, on whose genealogical wisdom we've usually drawn. The Dean of Gloucester has helped us in facing the Ely charters, and Mr. C. H. Hunter Blair with these of Durham. leave out Marion Gibbs kindly communicated to us the typescript of her Early Charters of St. Paul's Cathedral earlier than e-book, and kept us a lot transcription. Mr. Ralph Davis, who's already engaged, with the more youthful of the current editors, at the ultimate quantity of the paintings which his father started, has learn the proofs of this, and has made a few precious feedback. we're additionally indebted to Mr. G. E. Morey for counsel in getting ready the typescript for press. To these kind of, and to many different pals who've helped us every now and then, we delicate our hearty thanks.

We should also checklist our gratitude to the overdue Dukes of Bedford and Rutland for permission to use the Tavistock and Belvoir chartularies, and to the latter for a photo of a web page of the Belvoir chartulary.

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