The Benedictine monk William of Jumièges (fl. 1026–1070) composed his historical account of the deeds of the Norman Dukes (Gesta Normannorum Ducum) in the 11th century. The text addresses the relationships between England and Normandy at this time and contains one of the earliest accounts of the Norman Conquest of 1066.
This early 12th-century copy of William of Jumièges’ text was probably made in Normandy, but was at Durham cathedral by the middle of the 12th century. It is a small and neatly written volume, and was likely produced for a monastic audience.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Full title:
- William of Jumièges, Gesta Normannorum ducum
- 1st quarter of the 12th century, Northwestern France
- William of Jumièges
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Harley MS 491
- Article by:
- Laura Cleaver
- History and learning
Using the works of Ralph de Diceto, Laura Cleaver examines how the study of history in the Middle Ages engaged with contemporary attitudes and politics.