William of Malmesbury’s (b. c. 1095, d. c. 1143) Deeds of the Kings of the English focuses on political events and rulers, tracing English history from Roman times through the Anglo-Saxon period and the Norman Conquest up to the reign of Henry I (r. 1100-1135).
This copy of the work was made at Battle Abbey, the monastery founded by William the Conqueror shortly after and on the site of the Battle of Hastings.
A French document added at the end of the manuscript requests legal evidence of English overlordship in Scotland, and is addressed to the abbot of Battle abbey from King Edward I in 1291.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Full title:
- William of Malmesbury, Gesta regum Anglorum
- 1st half of the 13th century–c. 1291, Battle
- Latin / Old English / Middle English
- William of Malmesbury
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Cotton MS Claudius C IX
- Article by:
- Jaakko Tahkokallio
- History and learning
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