The Waltham Chronicle: An Account of the Discovery of Our Holy Cross at Montacute and Its Conveyance to Waltham

The Waltham Chronicle: An Account of the Discovery of Our Holy Cross at Montacute and Its Conveyance to Waltham

The Waltham Chronicle: An Account of the Discovery of Our Holy Cross at Montacute and Its Conveyance to Waltham

The Waltham Chronicle: An Account of the Discovery of Our Holy Cross at Montacute and Its Conveyance to Waltham

Synopsis

The first translation of the Waltham Chronicle is printed here with the original Latin text and full introduction and notes. Written by one of the secular canons of Waltham Priory, this interesting example of a twelfth-century historia fundacionis records the legends of the community's foundation and miracle stories, together with genuine historical information.

Excerpt

This edition might never have seen the light of day but for the enthusiasm and initial help of Dr Kenneth Bascombe of the Waltham Abbey Historical Society and of Dr Stephen Doree, who for different reasons were urging that a modern edition of the Waltham Chronicle be undertaken. Initially LW embarked on the project alone; but Professor Henry Loyn suggested the submission of the early material to the editors of the Oxford Medieval Texts, and at this stage MC was invited to collaborate in the edition. The groundwork for the text and translation had already been completed by LW; the greater part of the Introduction, except for the section on the manuscripts has been provided by MC; both have collaborated fully in the revision and rewriting of the whole, and in the compilation of the notes. We are greatly indebted to Dr Simon Keynes, who read a draft of the Introduction and made many helpful corrections and suggestions, and to Mrs Michelle Brown of the Department of Manuscripts at the British Library for her expert advice on both the Cotton and the Harleian manuscripts. We have much appreciated the patience and helpfulness of the General Editors at all stages of the work.

L.W.
M.C.

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