The Visitation of Hereford Diocese in 1397
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318 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

1 line illus.

Series: Canterbury & York Society

Series Vol. Number: 111

Imprint: Canterbury & York Society

The Visitation of Hereford Diocese in 1397

Edited and translated by Ian Forrest and Christopher Whittick

by Ian Forrest

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Text with facing English translation provides fascinating insights into medieval religious life.
In 1397 the bishop of Hereford toured his diocese asking questions about its churches and people. The answers he received were written into a slim paper book, which survives in the cathedral archives today. This important medieval document offers unparalleled insight into social life, sexual behaviour, religious belief and practice, and gender relations during a period of religious and political turmoil, revealing how the clergy were disciplined, how English- and Welsh-speakers interacted, and how the congregation experienced worship. It is also a major early source for Welsh naming practices, and a treasure trove of information about local churches and parishes before the Reformation.
This volume provides a complete scholarly edition, accompanied by a full facing-page translation, introduction and notes; it will be invaluable for experienced researchers and students alike.
Introduction
Editorial Method
Text and translation
Index of place names
Index of personal name
Index of subjects

Ian Forrest is professor of social and religious history at the University of Oxford.

Christopher Whittick spent 44 years as an archivist in local government and is now a freelance cataloguer, researcher and editor.

Ian Forrest is professor of social and religious history at the University of Oxford.

"[T]his volume presents the Latin text on one page with a facing English translation. The decision to publish the record of this visitation in both languages is especially laudable." The Newsletter of the Ranulf Higden Society

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9780907239840

November 2021

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Title Details

318 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

1 line illus.

Series: Canterbury & York Society

Series Vol. Number: 111

Imprint: Canterbury & York Society