The Historians of the Church of York and its Archbishops
James Raine (1830–96), canon of York, edited in three volumes these Latin works relating to the diocese, covering the period from 650 to 1522. Volume 3, published in 1894, contains a miscellany of 176 charters, letters, wills, papal bulls and other documents, dating from 930 to 1522, extracted from the registers of the archbishops and the muniments of the dean and chapter. Only three date from before 1066. The lengthy struggle for the primacy between York and Canterbury, and between York and other dioceses such as Durham and Lincoln, is a regular cause of concern, and the archbishop of York also claimed the obedience of Scottish bishops. The volume ends with an inventory of the sumptuous jewels, plate and vestments belonging to the see at the beginning of the sixteenth century. An index to all three volumes is also provided, along with English side-notes to the Latin text.