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"Caesarea or a Discourse of the Island of Jersey"
by Jean Poingdestre 1609 - 1691
Written by Jean
Poingdestre in the latter half of the 17th Century, after the Restoration
of Charles ll to the thrown. The original is in the Library at the Soceite Jersey in St. Helier, Jersey. It is written in old English. Caesarea
was reprinted by the Societe in 1889, from which a photocopy was made
to be scanned for presentation here.
The Chapters are in
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Table Generale (Table
of Contents) as copied from the Societe publication, is transcribed here
as written. Chapters not yet scanned are, of course, not linked. As time
permits the scanning of the copies, they will be added here (latest scans
- Part 1:
i - The Description of Jersey, the nature of ye Soile, number
of Inhabitants, theire occupations, hauens, Townes, fortifications
& other principall things therein contained.
ii - Monuments of Antiquity to be seene in Jersey (webmaster
note: keep in mind Jean is talking about what 17th Century Jerseyians
iii - The Situation of the Island, of Springs, Fish, Game, &c.
iv - Of Vraic. The seasons of gathering it, & ye seuerall
uses of it.
v - Of fences, digging the gound for beanes & pastneps;
the particular vse of ye roote.
- Chapter vi
- Of Orchards and Cydar presses and the manner of ordering Cydar.
- Chapter vij
- Of Buildings both priuate and publick, &c.
- Chapter viij
- Of the Priuiledges belonging to ye Islands. First of Ciuill Jurisdiction.
- Chapter ix
- Of the Priviledges belonging to ye Islands.
- Chapter x -
Continuation of Priuiledges
- Chapter xi
- Of the Priuiledge of Neutrality
- Chapter xii
- Continuacon of Priuiledges
- Chapter xiii
- Of the Gouernour
- Chapter xiiij
- Of the Kings Reuenue in Jersey
- Chapter xv
- Of things Detrimentall
- Part 2 historical
fragments & observations of State & Religion before the Conquest
- Chapter i
- Chapter ii
- Of Guernezey, Serc. Arme or Erm, &c.
- Chapter iii
- Of Sampson, Archbishop of Dol, & of the Entailing of 4 islands
to his Sea, &c.
- Chapter iiij
- The Conuersion of Jersey & Serc from heathenisme to ye Christian
Religion by Maglorus, Bp. of Dol.
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