The Foundations of Medieval English Ecclesiastical History

November 2005
1 black and white illustrations
248 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in the History of Medieval Religion
ISBN: 9781843831693
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC GL, 1D, 2AB, 3H, 4P
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037010

The Foundations of Medieval English Ecclesiastical History

Studies Presented to David Smith

Edited by Philippa Hoskin, Christopher Brooke, Barrie Dobson

Contributions on fundamental aspects of medieval ecclesiastical history, demonstrating the importance of primary documents.
The work of historians in providing new editions of primary documents, and other aids to research, has tended to go largely unsung, yet is crucial to scholarship, as providing the very foundations on which further enquiry can be based. The essays in this volume, conversely, celebrate the achievements in this field by a whole generation of medievalists, of whom the honoree, David Smith, is one of the most distinguished. They demonstrate the importance of such editions to a proper understanding and elucidation of a number of problems in medieval ecclesiastical history, ranging from thirteenth-century forgery to diocesan administration, from the church courts to the cloisters, and from the English parish clergy to the papacy. Contributors: CHRISTOPHER BROOKE, C.C. WEBB, JULIA BARROW, NICHOLAS BENNETT, JANET BURTON, CHARLES FONGE, CHRISTOPHER HARPER-BILL, R.H. HELMHOLZ, PHILIPPA HOSKIN, BRIAN KEMP, F. DONALD LOGAN, ALISON MCHARDY

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Table of Contents

David Smith: the Scholar - Christopher N L Brooke
`The archivist is not and ought not to be a historian.': David Smith and the Borthwick Institute - Christopher C Webb
Why forge episcopal acta? Preliminary observations on the forged characters in the English Episcopal Acta series - Julia Barrow
Pastors and Masters: The Beneficed Clergy of North-East Lincolnshire, 1290-1340 - Nicholas Bennett
The Convent and the Community: cause papers as a source for monastic history - Janet Burton
Patriarchy and Patrimony: investing in the Medieval College - Charles Fonge
`Above all these Charity': the career of Walter Suffield, Bishop of Norwich, 1244-57 - Christopher Harper-Bill
The Law of Charity and the English Ecclesiastical Courts - R.H. Helmholz
Continuing service: the episcopal households of thirteenth- century Durham - Philippa M. Hoskin
The acta of English rural deans in the later twelfth and early thirteenth centuries - B R Kemp
The Court of Arches and the Bishop of Salisbury - F. Donald Logan
Bishops' Registers and Political History: a neglected resource -
The Vatican Archives, the Papal Registers and Great Britain and Ireland: the foundations of historical research - Jane Sayers


A valuable contribution to the subject. HISTORY
A very fine collection, with many gems. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
All in all, a fitting tribute to the distinguished honorand. NORTHERN HISTORY
An illuminating collection of essays. ARCHIVES
A distinguished collection of essays. EHR
Thirteen essays of uniformly high quality. SOUTHERN HISTORY

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