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Byrhtferth

(d. c. 1020) Benedictine monk and scholar


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(d. c.1020), scholar.

A monk of Ramsey Abbey, he left a substantial body of computistical, hagiographical, and historical writings, including a computus and commentary on it known as the Enchiridion, a Life of St Oswald, Abp. of York, and a Historia regum, covering English history to the reign of Alfred. This last was long attributed to Simeon of Durham. He is the only Anglo-Saxon author whose range of interests is comparable to Bede's.

Subjects: Christianity.


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