Academic journal article Medium Aevum

English Episcopal Acta 30: Carlisle 1133-1292

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

English Episcopal Acta 30: Carlisle 1133-1292

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English Episcopal Acta 30: Carlisle 1133-1292, ed. David M. Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2005). lxii + 253 pp.; 4 plates. ISBN 0-19-726316-X. £45.00. The thirtieth volume in the English Episcopal Acta series (issued in the series' thirtieth year) comprises the extant acta of the eight bishops of Carlisle in the period from the see's creation in 1133 to the beginning of episcopal registration in the diocese in 1292. The run of 208 acta belonging to Bishop Athelwold and his successors is interrupted by a fifty-year vacancy in the see that lasted from Athelwold's death in 1156/7 until Bernard, Archbishop of Ragusa, was provided with the see's temporalities in 1204. The gap, however, serves to highlight some of the differences between the twelfth-and thirteenth-century acta and, while the division necessarily denies a closer examination of elements of continuity in the development of diplomatic form, David Smith takes the opportunity to relate the Carlisle acta to the wider trends evinced by the series' earlier studies. …

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