It has been very gratifying to find that much of what I have been working towards is now confirmed in Thorlac Turville-Petre’s excellent book England the Nation. Interlibrary Loan is such a help! But I am filling in some gaps with John D. Cotts’ Europe’s Long Twelfth Century as a means of understanding the wider processes of change. There is so much of Geoffrey of Monmouth (late 12thC) and his Historia emerging from Bevis that I felt the need to go back and re-acquaint myself with 12thC history generally – England was so closely tied to the Continent it is unavoidable.
My attempts to consolidate all the information I would like to include are making for some hard choices, and the more I read the more I find to go in. Old notes and new books are proving equally stimulating.