Henry of Huntingdon (about 1084-1155) was a churchman and historian, who probably grew up in Lincoln and later became archdeacon of Huntingdon. Alexander, bishop of Lincoln, asked him to write an English history that would expand Bede's 'History of the English Church and People' to include the Anglo-Saxon chronicle and other medieval histories. Henry wrote a history which drew upon a wide range of sources, including oral ones from tradition as well as accounts of recent and contemporary events. After his death, it was added to by other writers. As late as the 16th century copies were being produced, by that time on the printing press. This manuscript copy is from Gloucestershire and was at the Priory of Llanthony in the late middle ages. The heading in large script at the top right of the page identifies this as the beginning of the prologue of Henry of Huntingdon's 'History of the English'.