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A. G. LITTLE
1895 English Historical Review  
to ' the Batcher.' On the other H<»ifl the under-side of TlTigiinti political history in this period, without which that history presents so many difficulties, has never been given with such variety and fulness. As far as this volume is concerned the promise of the title-page is on the whole satisfactorily redeemed. It might have been better, but it is still good. TACT. Calendar of Patent Bolls, Edward II. VoL L AJ>. 1807-1818. (London: ELM. Stationery Office. 1804.) • THE publication of the
more » ... blication of the Calendars of Patent and dose Bolls is proceeding with all the rapidity which one could hope for. The contents of the first volume of the 'Patent Bolls of Edward II' are, of coarse, very miscellaneous. Many entries relate to Peter de Gavaston; thus in 1810 he receives a pardon ' for the death of Thomas de Walkyngham, of the county of York, and for all other felonies and trespasses with which he has been charged' (p. 277). There is much information about the lands of the Templars'which for divers causes are in the king's hands.' In Hertfordshire the king's agents for the estates of the Templars met with resistance, and many entries refer to a riot in the town of Baldock (p. 586, 4c) The disturbed state of the country may be plentifully illustrated from these records', many complaints are made of organised disturbances in the towns, as at Bury St. Edmunds and Norwich; Winchester was declared to be suffering from a system of black-mailing (p. 684). The rolls throw much light on the victualling of the army in the Scotch war; Italian merchants were among the contractors (pp. 498, 500, 501, Ac.) On p. 508 we have apparently an instance of land being bought at five years' purchase. The early endowment of Stapledon Hall by Biohard de Stapeldon, which Mr. Boase rnm^mn in his history of Exeter College, Oxford, is found in these rolls (p. 504). Mr. Wanflnnfflr aaafflq to have done the c fl^aTl^<tT ' n g work very
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