All the way through, I admired and enjoyed his prose, and then I came upon this gem:
"I also wish to thank the archivists at the Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle, England, whose institution epitomises the very best Anglo-Saxon traditions of openness, access, and cooperation. Despite a decade and more of ignoble Thatcherite economic rationalism, which attempted to rob public life of its purpose and community of its bonds, the spirit and means of free enquiry endure."
Bravo, Mr. Lines!!
It's a book well worth finding and reading, even before you get to that on pages 335-6.