I am grateful to the Institute of Historical Research for asking me to compile this
text as part of its Fasti series; and to the librarians of the University of Wales for
their help with inter-library loans. This work would not have reached its present
form without the expert guidance and editing of Professor Diana Greenway:
throughout the project she has always been more than willing to advise and offer
support and suggestions; her patience with me was also above and beyond the call
of duty. I owe her a large vote of thanks for all this, and for her skilful compiling
of the index. Dr Huw Pryce has been for the last eight years a mentor and friend,
and his skills have helped to shape, for the better, my research and this book.
Dr Julia Barrow has over the years been kind enough to offer her expertise, and
I have appreciated this immensely. The Revd Dr David Walker allowed me to
borrow the typescript of the third volume of J. Conway Davies's Episcopal Acts,
and for this act of kindness I am in his debt. Dr David Crook and the Revd Professor
David Crouch have assisted this work by locating and checking various documents
on my behalf, acts which greatly facilitated the compilation of this work. I would
also like to thank Professor Tony Carr and Dr Joe Canning for their valued support
over the years. Professor Jane Sayers and Professor Christopher Brooke have given
me invaluable encouragement; as has Professor Jeff Denton. Mr Owen Jones did
me the great service of allowing, within this text, the copious use of his unpublished
thesis on Llyfr Coch Asaph. Dr Martin Brett and Dr J. R. Davies also kindly assisted
me during the compilation of this book.
On a personal level I would like to thank Professor Beverley Smith, Mr Andrew
Kerr, Mr Edmund Bennett; and particularly Dr Jane Winters, Dr Aidan Clark, Mr
Darren Evans, Mr Sydney Caplan, Mrs Hughes, the late Mr Dafydd Hughes and
Mr and Mrs Jones (Gareth and Myra). Last but not least Dr Sean Page and Dr
Roger Dalrymple granted me shelter and immeasurable friendship.
This book is dedicated to my parents.
M. J. P.2003