Introduction: Editorial Conventions

Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 9, the Welsh Cathedrals (Bangor, Llandaff, St Asaph, St Davids). Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 2003.

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'Introduction: Editorial Conventions', in Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 9, the Welsh Cathedrals (Bangor, Llandaff, St Asaph, St Davids), (London, 2003) pp. xxvi-xxvii. British History Online [accessed 12 April 2024]


The same style and conventions are used in this volume as in volumes I-VIII of I Fasti. (fn. 1) The details in the entries are reduced to a minimum in order to focus on matters of chronology. Biographical information and notes of posts held in other dioceses are not intended to be exhaustive, but to assist the reader in anticipation of forthcoming volumes in the series. In this volume, as in volume VI, the prospect of the appearance of a new Dictionary of National Biography, in which long outdated entries will be replaced by completely revised biographies, has encouraged the inclusion of references to DNB where appropriate.

The first names of individuals are normally modernized. In this volume modern Welsh forms of personal names have generally been used; and 'ap' or 'ab' for 'son of'. However, if a name of a chapter member is consistently rendered in one particular form in the primary sources, for example 'David' rather than 'Dafydd', the former has been retained. If the father's name of an Anglo-Norman cleric is retained in the sources, 'son of' is used, rather than 'ap' or 'ab'. Surnames are given in the most usual Latin form found in the sources, except in the case of identifiable place-names. The title 'M.' is given in the entry headings for men who regularly appear as magistri, and references are provided to A. B. Emden's biographical registers of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Square brackets are used to enclose entries where the identification of an office-holder is conjectural or an appointment was ineffective.

The conventions used for dates are as follows. Two dates linked by a rule, as 1238-42, indicate a term of years, from 1238 to 1242. Two dates linked by a cross, as 1238 x 42, indicate a particular but undetermined date between the outer limits, thus a precise occasion some time between 1238 and 1242. An oblique stroke, as 1239/40, is used for old style/new style: a document dated '1239' (if using the common practice of beginning the year at the Annunciation, 25 March) may actually belong to any date up to 24 March 1240. When the date is approximate, c. for circa is used, but wherever possible it is avoided except to indicate a date within a year or two.


  • 1. See I Fasti I pp. ix-xi.