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Symeon of Durham: Libellus de Exordio Atque Procursu Istius Hoc Est Dunhelmensis Ecclesie: Tract on the Origins and Progress of This the: Tract on the ... the Church of Durham (Oxford Medieval Texts) [Hardcover]

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13 April 2000 Oxford Medieval Texts
The church of Durham, founded in 995, claimed in the Middle Ages to be in origin the church of Lindisfarne or Holy Island, the members of which had fled in the face of Viking raids and had wandered for long across northern England, before re-establishing their church at Chester-le-Street in Co. Durham and then at Durham itself. The text edited and translated here for the first time for over a century is the most complete and detailed account of the history of that church. Important as a piece of early post-Conquest historiography by an author about whom much is now known, the text is fascinating for the details it gives about the ecclesiastical community of Durham, the miracles which its members believed had occurred, and the place of the church of Durham in relation to the lands and secular inhabitants of northern England.

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  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (13 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198202075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198202073
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 21.3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Splendid edition with a full commentary. (Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature)

Unlike its predecessors the new edition makes full use of the readings of all six manuscripts, and it provides an extremely detailed and helpful commentary in footnotes. It is in this elucidation of the contents, details of which can be found through the generous indexes, that the special merit of this fine contribution to the study of post-Conquest English historiography is to be sought. (Medium Ævum)

This edition is a welcome culmination to the recent dramatic advances in our knowledge of Durham historiography to which Rollason himself has made a significant contribution. The text will hold its own, its historical commentary is helpful and exhaustive, the introduction brings Symeon and Durham historical writing into sharper focus. Studies of the Cronica monasterii Dunelmensis, of the De primo aduentu Saxonum, and of the Historia regum in time might give a fuller picture, but they are unlikely to affect the great value of this edition for which Rollason must to be warmly thanked. The history of the see of St Cuthbert from its start at Lindisfarne in the seventh century to the reestablishment of a monastic community in Durham is again firmly underpinned and clearly visible. Symeon and his team could not have wished for more. (Dr Patrick McGurk, Reviews in History)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work!!! 16 Mar 2009
It is certainly about time we had a modern edition with parallel Latin and English text. Would it were cheaper so I could purchase a personal copy! Anyone wishing to read this in English but unable to afford this can purchase Joseph Steveson's nineteenth-century translation, A History of the Church of Durham (Church Histories of England), though of course this translation is not necessarily as accurate or modern. Congrats to Rollason for his fine editorship, for the thorough introduction and for making yet another important Durham text usable to general historians. Here's hoping we get Historia Regum sometime soon too!
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