The Foundations of Medieval English Ecclesiastical History: Studies Presented to David Smith [Hardback]

Christopher N. L. Brooke (Author); Philippa Hoskin (Author); Barrie Dobson (Author)

ISBN: 9781843831693 | Published by: Boydell & Brewer | Year of Publication: 2005 | Language: English 248p, 1 b/w illus

The Foundations of Medieval English Ecclesiastical History


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.

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 - Alison McHardy
The Vatican Archives, the Papal Registers and Great Britain and Ireland: the foundations of historical research - Jane Sayers

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