WE are glad to have this opportunity of recording our gratitude to those who have lightened our labours in the preparation of this edition and made its publication a realized fact.
Our thanks are due in the first place to the Provost and Fellows of Worcester College for their courtesy in giving us access to the manuscript and permission to publish it; in the second place to the Delegates of the Clarendon Press for their acceptance of our work and for the consideration and care which they have shown in all the business of its production.
Some apology is needed for the final form in which the text and notes of this edition appear. The work was carried through in the precarious leisure of many vacations, and whilst this circumstance has been advantageous in giving us time to mature or correct our opinions on various points, it has on the other hand led to some inevitable inconsistencies. In particular, since it was necessary for the text to be printed off before the Introduction and Notes were in final form, emendations which we should have wished to embody in the text could only be inserted in the Critical Notes.
To our former teachers, M. Paul Meyer, Directeur de l’École des Chartes, and M. Bémont, Directeur adjoint à l’École des Hautes Études, we are under a special obligation for their recommendation of the work and suggestive criticism. We are also indebted for assistance iv in various ways to Mr. C. R. L. Fletcher, Miss E. E. Wardale, Dr. Henry Bradley, Miss Myers of Lady Margaret Hall and Miss Darbishire and Miss Kempson of Somerville College.
Finally our best thanks are due to Miss Olwen Rhys for the generous help which she has given us throughout our labours, not only by placing her scholarly knowledge and critical judgement at our disposal, but by assisting in the lengthy task of transcribing the manuscript and compiling the glossary.
LINGUISTIC INTRODUCTION vii
HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION liv
CRITICAL NOTES 171
HISTORICAL NOTES 179
INDEX OF PROPER NAMES 237