The original author of this work is Professor Raymond J S Grant, formerly of the University of Alberta Department of English and Film Studies, and graduate of the Universities of Aberdeen and Cambridge (Peterhouse, 1970/1, under the supervision of Dorothy Whitelock). The work appears here with permission of his estate.

Raymond Grant, the author in his study

The editors of this work are grateful for the time and expertise so generously offered by Tara Gale, Tim Sobie, Pamela Farvolden, Stephen Reimer, Anne Correia, and Ray Siemens.

Tara Gale's Master of Arts thesis—completed under the supervision of Raymond Grant, Stephen Reimer, and others in 2002—is entitled In praise of the Archangel Michael: piety and political accommodation in 11th-Century England. It is available here,, and via other repositories. Then, and since, she has been a research assistant to elements of this work.

Reynold Siemens, reading

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And days o' lang syne?


That Man to Man the warld o'er,

Shall brothers be for a' that.

To warm memories of friendship and friends. The family dedicate this book to the significant and enduring friendship between Raymond Grant and Reynold Siemens.