Domesday, Monachorum of Christ Church, Canterbury.
Edited by David C. Douglas, M.A.,
and published at
the offices of the Royal Historical Society, 96 Cheyne Walk, S.W.
THIS very large folio is an important addition to the
literature of Kent. It contains the Domesday Manachorum in facsimile
together with a very careful transcription and copious although by no
means exhaustive notes. There are no translations and practically no
subject index, but the index of names is very full and useful. The chief
interest of the Editor seems to have been in the lists of knights, to
which he gives a great number of pages, nearly thirty out of a total of
73 devoted to commentary. Another ten are devoted to the genesis of Domesday,
and even into these the persons of the knights are apt to intrude. We
could wish that more time and space had been devoted to a detailed study
of the manuscript itself and to the commentary on the church lists which
seems to us somewhat too perfunctory. The attempt to show that Charing,
Teynham, Wingham, Milton Regis, Lympne, etc., were Minister churches,
sent out clerks to minister to the inhabitants of the
large areas over which they presided, by citing the fact that these
places chance to be mentioned, in quite other connections, in certain
Saxon Charters, seems to us ill advised. Nor can we agree that the
parishes as we know them to-day were of later origin than the Domesday
Monachorum itself, in which the majority of the parish churches of
Canterbury diocese are listed and named. These are small defects, if
they are defects at all, compared with the great service which the
Editor has done to scholarship in making available to all students this
ancient manuscript, and he is to be most heartily congratulated upon the
results of his labours. The binding and production, and the paper used,
would be regarded as adequate in peacetime and are really handsome for a
book produced in 1944.
The Register of Daniel Rough, Common Clerk of
Romney, 1353-1380, transcribed and edited
by K. M. Elisabeth Murray. Kent Records, 1945.
The Custumal of New Romney, English version, John Forsett, 1564,
transcribed and edited
by F. W. Jessup.
Kent Records, 1945.
IT was a happy chance which led to the survival of
the fourteenth century register of Daniel Rough, for it
disappeared from Romney in the middle of the
sixteenth century, and did not find a secure home