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Gervase of Canterbury

(c. 1145—1215) Benedictine monk, chronicler, and topographer


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Member of the Benedictine cathedral priory at Canterbury; his involvement in his community's disputes with archbishops Baldwin and Hubert Walter led to the wider interest in English history shown in his Chronica and Gesta regum. His other writings include a remarkable account of the design and building of the new choir after a destructive fire in 1174.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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