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Medieval English Historiography


6th C.

  • Gildas.  De Exercitio et Conquestu Britaniae

8th C.

  • Bede.  De Temporibus (Chronica Minora)
  • —-.  Ecclesiastical History
  • —-.  Chronica Maiora

9th C.

  • Asser.  The Life of King Alfred
  • Nennius.  Historia Brittonum

11th C.

  • Guy of Amiens.  Carmen de Hastingae Proelio

12th C.

  • Geoffrey of Monmouth.  Historia Regum Brittaniae
  • Gerald of Wales.  Description of Wales
  • —-.  The History and Topography of Ireland
  • —-.  Journey through Wales
  • Henry of Huntington.  Historia Anglorum
  • Jocelyn de Brakelond.  Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds
  • Jordan Fantosme.  Chronicle  
  • The Life of Christina of Markyate
  • Wace.  Roman de Brut
  • —-.  Roman de Rou
  • William of Malmesbury.  Gesta Regum Anglorum
  • William of Newburgh.  Historia de Rebus Anglicis

13th C.

  • Matthew Paris.  Chronica Majora (parts)
  • Peter Langtoft.  Chronicle
  • Vitae Duorum Offarum

14th C.

  • Adam Usk.   Chronicle
  • Jean Froissart.   Chronicles
  • Lanercost Chronicle
  • Ranulf Higden.  Polychronicon
  • Robert Mannyng.  Chronicle
  • Thomas Walsingham.  Chronica Maiora
  • Wigmore Abbey Chronicles

15th C.

  • Pesudo-Ingulf.  Croyland Chronicle


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  5. Given-Wilson, Chris.  Chronicles:  The Writing of History in Medieval England
  6. —-.  Chronicles of the Revolution, 1397-1400:  The Reign of Richard II
  7. Gransden, Antonia, Historical Writing in England
  8. —-.  Legengs, Tradition and History in Medieval England.
  9. Harbus, Antonia.  Helena of Britain in Medieval Legend
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  18.  Spiegel, Gabrielle.  The Past as Text:  The Theory and Practice of Medieval Historiography
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