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John Lingard and the Pursuit of Historical Truth

Edwin Jones

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Foreword by Norman Davies

“Edwin Jones is well equipped to tell Lingard’s story, to examine Lingard’s methods with true Lingardian meticulousness and to explain the circumstances of his intellectual ostracism… This book confirms the view that the search for historical truth, despite the obstacles, is not a waste of time or effort. It restores Lingard to his rightful place in the pantheon of British historians. And it shows that the British historical tradition is even richer than most of us were led to believe.’’ From the Foreword by Norman Davies, author of Europe: A History and The Isles

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Foreword by Norman Davies
A Note on Editions and Text Conventions

Introduction: The Background to Lingard’s Work

I An Invitation to the Historian’s Workshop
II The Historiography of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew
III The Collation of Sources and Lingard’s Use of Public Records as a Tool of Source Criticism
IV The Role of Private Sources and Their Use as a Tool of Source Criticism
V The Great Step Forward: Pursuit of the ‘Source of the Source’
VI A Critical Apparatus for Prioritizing the Authority of Sources
VII The Use of ‘Forensic’ Rules of Source Criticism
VIII The Application of Lingard’s Source Criticism to Some Celebrated Historical Problems
IX Lingard’s Place in English Historiography

Epilogue: ‘Hic caestus artemque repono’

Appendix 1 The Development of Lingard’s History through the Various Editions
Appendix 2 Lingard’s System of Reference and Quotation
Appendix 3 Lingard as Literary Artist and Scientific Historian
Appendix 4 Lingard on St. Dunstan and the Tenth-Century

Manuscript Sources

“In this magisterial volume Dr. Jones has revealed the full extent of Lingard’s historiographical labours and achievements.’’ Recusant History

“Edwin Jones has produced a very good book, and has re-introduced one of Catholicism’s greatest historians to the English-speaking world… all educated historians would do well to read this book.’’ Catholic Historical Review

“John Lingard was a member of the English Catholic community who wrote his ten-volume History of England in the years immediately preceding emancipation. But for the best part of a century after that event it was held by historians in the Whig-Protestant mainstream that a good Catholic historian was almost an oxymoron. Edwin Jones’s definitive research into Lingard is a major event in English historiography.’’ Patrick Collinson, Regius Professor of Modern History, Emeritus, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College


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304 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
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Hardback, April 2002; Paperback, September 2013
  Illustrated:   32-plate section
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