Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Register of Walter Bronescombe, Bishop of Exeter, 1258-1280

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Register of Walter Bronescombe, Bishop of Exeter, 1258-1280

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The Register of Walter Bronescombe, Bishop of Exeter, 1250, Volume One. Edited and translated by O. E Robinson. [The Canterbury and York Society, Volume LXXII.] (Rochester, New York:The Boydell Press. 1995. Pp. xlv, 161. $45.00;L25.00.)

Walter Bronescombe's episcopal register is the first in a remarkably complete series of medieval bishops' registers from Exeter. As one of the earliest in England, it deserves special scrutiny not only for what it tells of a diocese in the mid-thirteenth century but for what it represents in the formative stages of episcopal registers. Late in the last century, the Exeter antiquarian, E C. HingestonRandolph, edited this register, along with every subsequent Exeter register to 1419. As impressive an archival task as that was, the editions were often imprecise and, accordingly, less valuable to the researcher. To say that O. E Robinson has provided a corrective to Hingeston-Randolph's work is to grant only partial credit.This is as fine an edition of a medieval register as one can hope to see. Each entry is meticulously transcribed with appropriate notes and crossreferences; there is the added advantage of facing-page translations, opening the register to a larger reading audience. Although this present volume is but the first in a three-volume edition,Volume III promises transcriptions of documents pertinent to Bronescombe's administration of Exeter which, though not registered, were sewn into the manuscript at a later time.This latter volume also contains three appendices and an index. …

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