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(1075—1142) Benedictine monk and historian

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(1075–c.1143) English-born author of wide-ranging historical texts; continuator of William of Jumièges’ Gesta Normannorum ducum.

Commissioned to write a history of his Norman cloister, he composed the Historia ecclesiastica, an engrossing narrative of secular, ecclesiastical, and papal history.


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

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