English Historical Documents is the most ambitious, impressive and comprehensive collection of documents on English history ever published. An authoritative work of primary evidence, each volume presents material with exemplary scholarly accuracy. Editorial comment is directed towards making sources intelligible rather than drawing conclusions from them. Full account has been taken of modern textual criticism. A general introduction to each volume portrays the character of the period under review and critical bibliographies have been added to assist further investigation.
Documents collected include treaties, personal letters, statutes, military dispatches, diaries, declarations, newspaper articles, government and cabinet proceedings, orders, acts, sermons, pamphlets, agricultural instructions, charters, grants, guild regulations and voting records.
Volumes are furnished with lavish extra apparatus including genealogical tables, lists of officials, chronologies, diagrams, graphs and maps.
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Book Description Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, first edition, 1969, 1969. Cloth, 8vo, 24 cm, lxvii, 1236 pp, plates. From the blurb: "The purpose of this series is to present in a readily accessible form the fundamental sources of English history. In Volume IV, which covers the period from the accession of Edward III to the death of Richard III, Professor Myers aims to deal with every important aspect of the life of the age that can be illustrated by documents rather than by other forms of evidence such as archaeology. This was a time when the culture of Western Christendom had already become sophisticated and complex. Since the twelfth century it had acquired the habit of keeping increasing literary evidence of its activities. England is especially rich in documents of this period for two major reasons. First, the early unification of the country under a strong monarchy had been a powerful stimulus to the development of royal law and administration; this led to an early practice of royal record keeping, which had stimulated bishops, abbots, barons and towns to do the same. Secondly, England's immunity from violent revolution and destructive foreign conquest has ensured the survival of this mass of records to a unique degree. The life of a society is a seamless web; and most of the documents chosen illustrate more than one aspect of English life between 1327 and 1485. Nevertheless, for ease of consultation, they have been grouped in four parts. In the first of these, on the political framework, it was felt that any other arrangement than a strictly chronological one would probably confuse and obscure. By contrast, in the remaining three parts - on the government of the realm, the Church and education, and economic and social developments - an analytical treatment seemed to be the most satisfactory. A detailed introduction to each section discusses how these varied activities fitted into the life of the times; and a guide to the sources from which the documents are drawn shows how diverse these sources are. " Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper, Good in browned and chipped dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-43354
Book Description Eyre & Spottiswood, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. lxvi + 1236pp + family tables, cloth, jacket clipped, 24x17cm jacket edges with numerous tears, internally clean, bookplate inside front cover. Bookseller Inventory # 60378
Book Description Methuen Publishing Ltd, 1969. Book Condition: Good. Volume 4. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. , 2400grams, ISBN:0413233103. Bookseller Inventory # 6625788