Historical Introductions to the Rolls Series

Historical Introductions to the Rolls Series

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Historical Introductions to the Rolls Series

Historical Introductions to the Rolls Series

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The publication of the historical portions of the late Bishop Stubbs' Introductions to certain volumes of the Rolls Series is due to the courtesy of the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office, who has given me permission to collect in one volume those investigations of Bishop Stubbs which are at present scattered among the numerous volumes of the Rolls Series.

Historical students have for many years appreciated the subtle delineations of character and the invaluable suggestions and conclusions which are to be found in the Bishop's Introductions. The immense learning and the critical acumen which appear on every page of his work are too well known to need further mention.

Everyone, indeed, who is interested in English History in the Middle Ages has recognised that in these Introductions may be found the clue to much that is difficult to comprehend; no sounder guide to the times of Henry II., Richard I., John, Edward I. and Edward II. has ever been written; but, unfortunately, the volumes of the Rolls Series can as a rule only be consulted in some of our better equipped libraries.

I imagine that no better tribute to the memory of the late Bishop can be paid, and no greater boon conferred on historical students, than to bring within their reach the only possible means for a right understanding of the Angevin period. Written in vigorous language, which is . . .

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