This volume is dedicated to the memory of Dr Kathleen Edwards, the historian
of the English secular cathedrals and above all the historian of Salisbury
cathedral. In a number of important articles, but especially in her great work
The English Secular Cathedrals in the Middle Ages (second edition 1967) and
in her masterly piece on the cathedral of Salisbury in the Victoria History of
the County of Wiltshire III (1956), Dr Edwards described and illuminated the
history of Salisbury with dazzling clarity. Her particular interest and emphasis
was in the fourteenth century, and it is scarcely surprising that the few small
revisions now necessary to her work should belong to the period of the late
eleventh and twelfth centuries. Dr Edwards was a familiar figure in the
Institute of Historical Research, gallantly pursuing her researches despite
physical handicaps and infirmity, and warmly encouraging the researches of
students, readers and staff. On her last visit to London before her death, we
discussed the Institutio of St Osmund, and she helped me to see how useful a
critical study might prove. Kathleen Edwards died on 25 July 1976, greatly
mourned by her many friends. We all remember her with affection.
In the course of preparing this volume for publication, I have been fortunate
to have had kind friends who have given me invaluable assistance and advice.
I offer my thanks to Miss Pamela Stewart, who was archivist at the Wren
Hall, Salisbury, when I began work on this volume, and who went out of her
way to make my visits both productive and pleasurable. I owe a profound debt
of gratitude to Professor Christopher Brooke, one of the 'early Fathers' of the
project, who has never failed to lend encouragement and help whenever I have
turned to him for guidance. Among other friends who have generously allowed
me to use material from their own researches, I am particularly grateful to
Professor Brian Kemp, Dr Jane Sayers, Dr David Spear, Mr T. C. B.
Timmins, Mr Nicholas Vincent and Dr Tessa Webber. Finally, I record my
thanks to my colleagues at the Institute of Historical Research for their many
kindnesses, and in particular to Dr Glynis Younan, who gave calming advice
and practical help at the type-setting stage.