The History of the Church of York, 1066-1127

The History of the Church of York, 1066-1127

The History of the Church of York, 1066-1127

The History of the Church of York, 1066-1127

Synopsis

Hugh the Chanter's History is a vivid, partly first-hand account of the struggles of Archbishop Thurstan of York for the rights of his church in the court of King Henry of England and before the pope. Hugh's account illuminates the history not only of the church and court of England but also of France and the papal curia in those years. This revised edition is based on a complete re-collation of the manuscript, and includes a full introduction which describes the manuscript, Hugh's background and purpose in writing, the chapter on York, and the issues at stake with Canterbury and Scotland.

Excerpt

The edition of Hugh the Chanter's History by Charles Johnson was published in Nelson's Medieval Texts in 1961: it was the final task of a notable scholar, and he passed his 90th birthday while it was in the press. the translation showed the life and vigour which stayed with him till near the end; but in his late eighties he could not cope with major revision of a difficult text, nor elaborate annotation; and some of the recent literature on the subject of York minster, especially the papers of his friend Sir Charles Clay, seems to have passed him by. This edition incorporates the essence of his translation, but text and translation have been checked and substantially corrected, and the introduction and notes are new. the text and apparatus have been revised by mw with much help from mb, and the translation by mw, assisted by cb and MB; the introduction and historical notes are the fruit of collaboration between cb and mb.

Our first debt of gratitude is to the Dean and Chapter at York for permission to use their manuscript, and particularly to Bernard Barr and the staff of the Minster Library. Their hospitality and advice on the history of the manuscript have been of essential service. We were delighted at the last minute to incorporate two brilliant emendations privately communicated by Giovanni Orlandi and Isabella Gualandri. in the final stages we have been much assisted by the new General Editors of this series. cb particularly recalls his own long friendship with Sir Charles Clay, who first introduced him to Hugh and his colleagues in the chapter of York; and he has recently (by good fortune) been working with Dr David Smith in helping DrJanet Burton to revise her volume of English Episcopal Acta, v. York 1070-1154: he thanks both of them for the help and inspiration this has given him. a revised list of the early dignitaries of York has appeared as Appendix iii in English Episcopal Acta, v, and to this and to Clay's articles, the reader is referred for detailed references to them.

We are greatly indebted to the staff of Oxford University Press . . .

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