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Cartulary handlist

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MEDIEVAL CARTULARIES OF GREAT BRITAIN, by C. R. C. Davis (Longmans, 30s.).

CARTULARIES represent the

muniments of medieval ecclesiastical communities in portable form. Over 1,000 of them survive from England, Wales, and Scotland, and together they content most of what we shall ever find out about at least the outer life of the medieval monastery and college.

Every student of medieval antiquities must therefore use these cartularies sometimes, and that task has been made far easier than it has ever been before by the publication of this handlist of cartularies and their whereabouts. Mr. Davis has given us more than a finding-list, since he has also described the principal contents of each MS. briefly and noted printed versions.

I can think of few other books which have appeared since the war which will do so much good for English medieval studies. I cannot think of higher praise for Mr. Davis' labours than this; he certainly deserves no less.

ERIC JOHN




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