The Charters of Guernsey, by Tim Thornton
Published by Woodfield in 2004, 172 pages. Paperbacj (N4805P1)
This book provides an annotated transcription and translation of the Royal Charters of Guernsey granted by eight English monarchs over several centuries, along with a detailed commentary which puts each of the charters into an historical context.
From the rear side cover: Guernsey's position amongst the various territories subject to the English crown was thrown into flux by the loss of Normandy in 1204. During the previous century, Guernsey had been a small part of that larger duchy which had influenced its social and political life since the extension of Norman influence there in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
The century following John's loss of Normandy saw the customs of the island tested by forces which were increasingly and dominantly English, but it saw them successfully defended. The story of the islands charters is the story of the way this defence of the island's customs and privileges played out, and of the way that further rights were granted and won.
The book includes several colour photographs showing the eight charters, and is without doubt an invaluable reference work for anyone interested in the history of the Channel Islands.
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound - the book looks like it has never been read! There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover