[Dominican and Franciscan Friars in England during the reign of Henry III.] Unpublished historical study in typescript, titled 'The Friars in England. An Essay'.

Elizabeth E. Smith, B.A. [Dominican and Franciscan Friars in England during the reign of Henry III.]
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Birmingham, 1908.
SKU: 22321

Title-page: 'The Friars in England. | An Essay | by | Elizabeth E. Smith, B.A. | Birmingham – 1908.' Duplicated typescript, printed on versos only. [1] + x + [1] + 209pp, 4to. With hand-drawn plans on two leaves at rear (the first, 'Site of the Blackfriars of Leicester'; the second, 'Carmelite Friary at Hulne' and 'Dominican Friary at Norwich'. In half binding of black leather spine and corners, with purple cloth boards, title in gilt on front cover, floral printed endpapers. Tightly copy, in good condition, on lightly aged paper, in lightly worn binding with slight discoloration to cloth. With a few minor manuscript emendations. A serious treatment, preceded by a five-page 'List of Principal Works consulted'. Smith begins the preface by stating her aim as being 'to delineate the chief aspects of the Friar's activity in England during the reign of Henry III'. The work is divided into eight parts: 'The opening of the Thirteenth Century', 'The Friars. (1216-1226)', 'The coming of the Friars to England. (1221-1257)', 'Their Popularity. - (1221-1235)', 'Organization. (1221-1274)', 'Their contributions to Learning', 'Their Social, Religious and Political Influence – (1235-1272)', 'The Beginning of Decline, (1235-1272)'. Unpublished. The only other copy traced at the University of Birmingham, whose entry describes it as an MA thesis.