The Chronicle of John of Worcester

The Chronicle of John of Worcester

The Chronicle of John of Worcester

The Chronicle of John of Worcester

Synopsis

This is the second volume of the first major scholarly edition of this chronicle, one of the most important sources of early English history. Volume III will cover 1067 to 1140, and Volume I, the last to be published, will have a general introduction and supplementary material.

Excerpt

On his death in 1977, R. R. Darlington left behind a draft text of the annals for 450 to 1066 of the chronicle of John of Worcester with a full critical apparatus and detailed historical notes for the annals to 901. I prepared Darlington's text to meet the conventions of the Oxford Medieval Texts, completed and revised his historical notes, and contributed the appendices on the Abingdon and Bury interpolations (Appendices A and B); I am also responsible for the introduction and for the palaeographical judgements on which it and much of the critical apparatus are based. A preliminary draft of half the translation was prepared by the late Jennifer Bray.

The chronicle will be published in three volumes. The present vol. ii covers the annals for 450 to 1066. Vol. iii will appear next and will give the annals for 1067 to 1140. Vol. I will be published last. It will provide a general introduction, an edition of the episcopal lists, of the royal genealogies and accounts, and some indication of the contents of the chronicle before 450 and of the earlier books in the Marianus world history on which the chronicle of John of Worcester is largely based. The introduction will examine the sources used by John, consider his method and the value of his work, and assess its reception in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The supplementary annals prepared by John for the self-styled chronicula (Dublin, Trinity College MS 503), which is itself closely related to his main chronicle, will be edited separately in an appendix to vol. i.

Darlington would have wished to acknowledge a debt to Dorothy Whitelock, who read and commented upon the annals to 901. I have incurred many more obligations. Over the years both staff and students of the History Department at Birkbeck College have offered stimulus and support. Christopher Brooke first suggested the chronicle's inclusion in this series, and encouraged its progress with much kindness and patience. David Dumville has assisted in many ways: it was characteristic of him (in response to . . .

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