By Nicholas Brooks
During this selection of essays Nicholas Brooks explores a few of the earliest and such a lot tricky assets, either written and archaeological, for early English historical past. In his fingers, the constitution and capabilities of Anglo-Saxon foundation tales and charters (whether actual or solid) remove darkness from English political and social buildings, in addition to ecclesiastical, city and rural landscapes. in addition to formerly released essays, Anglo-Saxon Myths: nation and Church, 400-1066 encompasses a new account of the English starting place delusion and a evaluation of the advancements within the learn of Anglo-Saxon charters during the last twenty years.
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Knowles, The Monastic Order in England (Cambridge, 1941), p p . 331-45. History and Myth, Forgery and Truth 17 competent forgery if it claimed to be old enough. It is, I believe, for this reason that such a high proportion of medieval forgery was committed by monks of old-established houses, that is by 'Black' or Benedictine monks from monasteries founded in the early medieval centuries. There is no reason to suppose that such houses had a greater proportion of criminals than the newer reformed orders of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
It is undoubtedly a reflection of the growing use of written records and therefore of the growing awareness of the inadequacy of the records already possessed. 48 Initially this development gave a great boost to forgery as churches found that their records no longer satisfied the requirements of a new age, and they sought to provide what was lacking. But in the longer run, the twelfthcentury renaissance contained the seeds of the decline of forgery. As governments and courts became more used to written records they devised means of making documents more difficult to forge; they later went on to ensure that a record was maintained of settlements and judgements reached and of documents issued.
P. Brooks, The Early History of the Church of Canterbury (Leicester, 1984), pp. 24-5. , c. 37.
Anglo-Saxon Myths: State and Church, 400-1066 by Nicholas Brooks