By Charles Johnson
Excerpt from Regesta Regum Anglo-Normannorum, 1066-1154, Vol. 2: Regesta Henrici Primi, 1100-1135
The first quantity of this paintings was once released in 1913, and the editors then believed that the second one and 3rd volumes may keep on with in quickly succession. however the 4 years of struggle, which so quickly undefined, interrupted the duty. Professor Davis used to be absorbed within the tasks of the warfare alternate Intelligence division, and his pursuits thenceforward have been diverted to the issues of recent background. At his demise, in 1928, the fabrics for the later volumes have been considerably as he had left them in 1914. In 1930 the Delegates of the Clarendon Press, with the concurrence of Mrs. Davis, entrusted the duty of continuous the Regesta to the elder of the current editors, who made haste to safe the aid of a more youthful student, lest the paintings may still back be interrupted via demise. The slowness with which we carried out our job is due partly to the need of studying through real exam what assets were exhausted and what remained unused: partly to the unevenness within the abstracts and outlines inevitable within the co-operation of a couple of voluntary helpers. A moment conflict concerned one other interval of hold up during which study used to be most unlikely; and we're unsleeping that we have got now not totally triumph over both of our preliminary problems. we're, even if, persuaded that even a less than excellent catalogue is a step to a extra excellent presentation of the acts of the Norman interval, during which the complete texts should be revealed, and unique charters reproduced in facsimile.
In getting ready the current quantity we've got had the good thing about the overdue William Farrer's Itinerary of Henry I, published within the English old evaluation in 1919, and issued individually with a necessary index. we can't correctly show our tasks to Farrer's paintings; and although we haven't continually followed his conjectural dates, we now have hardly ever needed to dissent from the bounds of date which he fastened. we've got his instance in mentioning those, even if the records are prepared in line with the dates which we now have idea possible. while a distinct 12 months isn't really assigned the charters are ranged less than the later proscribing date. we've got incorporated a few charters which Farrer both didn't recognize of or considered no price for the development of his Itinerary.
Our thank you are because of all who contributed to the 1st quantity in addition to to this. Many, unfortunately, are useless. we will be able to basically be mindful with gratitude Canon Foster, of Lincoln; Mr. Herbert Chitty, bursar of Winchester university; and Mr. L. C. Loyd; and lots of of these already pointed out in Vol. I. between our dwelling fellow-workers we needs to particularly thank Mr. G. H. White, editor of the entire Peerage, and Mr. Charles Clay, who maintains Farrer's paintings on Early Yorkshire Charters, on whose genealogical wisdom we now have usually drawn. The Dean of Gloucester has helped us in facing the Ely charters, and Mr. C. H. Hunter Blair with these of Durham. pass over Marion Gibbs kindly communicated to us the typescript of her Early Charters of St. Paul's Cathedral sooner than book, and kept us a lot transcription. Mr. Ralph Davis, who's already engaged, with the more youthful of the current editors, at the ultimate quantity of the paintings which his father started, has learn the proofs of this, and has made a few necessary feedback. we're additionally indebted to Mr. G. E. Morey for advice in getting ready the typescript for press. To a lot of these, and to many different associates who've helped us now and then, we smooth our hearty thanks.
We should also list our gratitude to the past due Dukes of Bedford and Rutland for permission to use the Tavistock and Belvoir chartularies, and to the latter for a photo of a web page of the Belvoir chartulary.
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