Roger of Salisbury, Viceroy of England

Roger of Salisbury, Viceroy of England

Roger of Salisbury, Viceroy of England

Roger of Salisbury, Viceroy of England

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Somewhere amidst the clutter of his office and the clouds of tobacco which always enveloped him, the late Sidney Painter, a merry man and a serious scholar, first urged me to write about Roger of Salisbury. His successor at The Johns Hopkins University, John W. Baldwin, and Joseph R. Strayer of Princeton University guided me throughout the early versions of this study. R. H. C. Davis now of the University of Birmingham very kindly read my preliminary typescript of the viceroy's charters, and Brian Kemp of the University of Reading offered valuable suggestions about Reading Abbey. Hugh de S. Shortt, curator of the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, helped me become familiar with the ruins at Old Sarum and obtained several photgraphs for me. Edward Maszewski Kemp entertained me in his home, Devizes Castle, and Frederick Marsden and James Gibb graciously introduced me to Sherborne Old Castle. Peter R. White of the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments of the Department of the Environment showed me his excavations at Sherborne and explained his preliminary conclusions. Miss Pamela Stewart readily assisted me in using the archives of the Salisbury Diocesan Record Office, and Ralph B. Pugh, general editor of the Victoria History of the Counties of England, and the staffs of the, British Museum Manuscript Room, the Institute of Historical Research, London, and the many other record depositories and libraries where I worked all courteously and quickly came to my aid. None of these scholars has seen the final draft of this book, nor indeed can be held accountable for any-part of it, but it is better for their generous interest . . .

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