Bath and Wells 1206-1247

Hardcover | February 26, 2017

EditorB. R. Kemp

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This volume is concerned with two bishops whose pontificates differed hugely in length: Jocelin of Wells, 1206-1242, and Roger of Salisbury, 1244-1247. Bishop Jocelin's 36-year pontificate was among the longest in England in the thirteenth century, being exceeded only by those of RogerLongespee at Coventry and Lichfield (37 years) and of Walter de Gray at York (nearly 40 years). By contrast, that of his successor, Bishop Roger, was very short, lasting for a little over three years. Jocelin was the last bishop of Bath, Roger the first bishop of Bath and Wells. This volume provides for the first time scholarly editions of their 200 surviving acts, together with appendices elucidating their administration (particularly their use of dataries in their documents and their itinerariations around the diocese and beyond it). It also uses an extensive introductionto place these texts in the context of the bishops' lives and what they tell us of their work. In particular they consider the content of the material: content which allows us to touch the lives of ordinary men and women through the administrative records of their bishops, and the diplomaticstructure of the acta, which provides information about the administrative and bureaucratic development of the bishops' chanceries and administration.The volume is of value in itself: Jocelin of Wells in particular was an eminent figure in the political life of the thirteenth-century as well as in his diocese and influenced his relative, Hugh of Wells, who was also both a royal servant and then a bishop, in his case of Lincoln. It provides muchinformation in terms of place name variants and local information for local historians as well. However, it is also a vital part of the English Episcopal Acta project's work, as the series brings together information on the development of documentary format and the changes in emphasis on content forbishops across England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. These texts are a vital part of that jigsaw, adding to the 44 currently printed volumes.

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This volume is concerned with two bishops whose pontificates differed hugely in length: Jocelin of Wells, 1206-1242, and Roger of Salisbury, 1244-1247. Bishop Jocelin's 36-year pontificate was among the longest in England in the thirteenth century, being exceeded only by those of RogerLongespee at Coventry and Lichfield (37 years) and ...

Until his retirement, Professor Kemp held a chair at the University of Reading where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is Vice-president of The Church Monuments Society and a former President; member of the Council of The Canterbury and York Society, The Pipe Roll Society, and the British Academy project committees on The Acta of Henry ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:378 pagesPublished:February 26, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of PlatesPrefaceManuscript Sources CitedPrinted Books and Articles CitedWith Abbreviated ReferencesOther AbbreviationsINTRODUCTIONThe bishopsThe bishops' householdsThe form and diplomatic of the ActaThe Contents of the ActaEditorial methodTHE ACTAJocelin of WellsRoger of SalisburyAPPENDICESAmendments to Fasti Bath and Wells 1066-1300Dataries of Jocelin of Wells and Roger of SalisburyItineraries of Bishops Jocelin and RogerAdditions to English Episcopal Acta XIndex of Persons and PlacesIndex of Subjects