Walter Mitchell's notes on Thomas of Lancaster

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Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8378
Title: Walter Mitchell's notes on Thomas of Lancaster
Dates of Creation: 1940s
Extent: 1 box
Language(s) of Material: English Latin


Walter Taylor Mitchell (1918-2001) read Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating in 1939. He was appointed as a part-time research assistant in the Oxford University Archives in 1956, initially transcribing and editing University records, some for publication by the Oxford Historical Society. From 1974 he was occupied with the compilation of the index to the records of the Chancellor’s Court, 1578-1968, and continued to work on this up to and beyond his retirement, until his death.

Scope and Content

Walter Mitchell's notes, apparently compiled in the 1940s, on printed and unprinted sources for a study of the cult of Thomas of Lancaster from the date of his death to the post-Reformation period. There is comprehensive coverage of chronicles and chancery rolls and useful information on more obscure sources such as continental material and 19th century local publications.

The notes include a catalogue of churches under Lancaster's patronage,information on relics and iconographic representations of Lancaster, material on the cult of other political saints (including Thomas Becket, Thomas of Cantilupe and Edward II) and information on the general history of Edward II's reign, particularly his relations with cardinals and the Roman church.

Custodial History

The papers were passed to Oxford University Archives by Walter Mitchell's executor in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Oxford University Archives to the Bodleian in 2016.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. c. 8378

Access Point(s)

Mitchell |Walter Taylor |1918-2001 |researcher

Thomas of Lancaster | c.1278-1322 | second earl of Lancaster, second earl of Leicester and earl of Lincoln | magnate

Christian saints -- Cult

Great Britain -- History -- Edward II, 1307-1327

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