St Martin-in-The-Fields: the Accounts of the Churchwardens, 1525-1603. Originally published by [s.n.], [s.l.], 1901.
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NOTE ON THE DATES OF BOOKS I.VI.
6. The gap of regnal years, between Books I and II, is the ordinary term of churchwardens' office at that time, namely two years; I assume [therefore] that the date of the end of the accounts in Book I is correct as Lady-day 21 H. viii or March 25, 1530.
8. If we assume that in Book I, 16 H. viii is correct, the second date must be 20 H. viii, leaving a gap of three years between Books I and II, whereas to judge from the regnal years in Books II to V and onwards, the series of biennial accounts began in March 23 H. viii, 1532, in which case we may expect that 21 H. viii is correct, and that the other date should be 17 H. viii. If 21 H. viii and the years a.d. in Books II and III are all correct, there will be found a gap of one year between Books I and II, and of another year between Books V and VI, and all the regnal years from 23 H. viii onwards must be wrong. The simplest explanation is that the regnal years (except 16 H. viii) are correct, and that the years a.d. in II and III are wrong.