Matthew Paris and the Norman Conquest

Rebecca Reader

in The Cloister and the World

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198204404
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676246 | DOI:
Matthew Paris and the Norman Conquest

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This chapter is about the writer/historian monk Matthew Paris' account of the Norman conquest of England and the reign of William the Conqueror. It analyses several works attributed to Paris, including Chronica Maoira, Historia Anglorum, and Flores Historiarum. It evaluates how a monk who first put quill to quire in the second quarter of the 13th centruy regarded these tumultuous years in English history. It also provides the educational and writing background of Paris.

Keywords: Matthew Paris; Norman conquest; conquest of England; William the Conqueror; Chronica Maoira; Historia Anglorum; Flores Historiarum

Chapter.  15828 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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