Part 1 The Chapter and its Acts: general; Westminster Abbey - constitutional changes 1540-1560; the first chapter meetings; time and place of meetings; signatures. Part 2 The manuscript and the edition: description of the manuscript; previous treatments; conspectus of present edition; editorial conventions. Part 3 Survey of contents: principal entries; deans and canons; discipline; fabric; liturgy; state occasions; burials; school; library and muniments. Part 4 Text - miscellaneous preliminary matter; Acts 1543-1556; material outside the main sequence of Acts. Part 5 Maps - Westminster Abbey and its surroundings, St Martin-le-Grand.
The post-Reformation history of the abbey has been seriously neglected... [this] edition is therefore to be greatly welcomed... a firm and indispensable foundation upon which further and more wide-ranging research can build. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY[see also vol 2 - EHR]