Liber Memorandorum Ecclesie De Bernewelle (Classic Reprint)by John Willis Clark
Some years ago, my friend the late Professor Maitland suggested to me that I should edit the Memoranda Ecclesie de Bernewelle, a manuscript which I had often consulted, and of which I happened to possess a transcript. When therefore the Syndics of the University Press asked me to edit the book for them, I
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Some years ago, my friend the late Professor Maitland suggested to me that I should edit the Memoranda Ecclesie de Bernewelle, a manuscript which I had often consulted, and of which I happened to possess a transcript. When therefore the Syndics of the University Press asked me to edit the book for them, I consented with pleasure - a pleasure which was enhanced by Maitland's kindness in saying that he would assist me. This promise he more than fulfilled. In all my difficulties - and they were not few - his marvellous knowledge of the Middle Ages, whether in the matter of law, or customs, or proper names, was always at my disposal. He read all the proof-sheets, sometimes twice, and thereby saved me from innumerable errors. For those which still lurk in the text the blame must be counted as not his, but mine.
I take a melancholy pleasure in drawing special attention to Maitland's Introduction. He wrote it in the course of last summer, and corrected the final proof at the end of the Michaelmas Term, returning it to me on the day before he sailed for Grand Canary. I have printed it as it was written, though this course involves some repetition of matter which I was obliged to include in my own Introduction. But I could not bear to omit or to alter a single word of his; and I am certain that those who read it will be glad to have it in its entirety, for it is one of the most brilliant performances of the brilliant writer whose loss we are now deploring.
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