The Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis has been called `the greatest of all medieval chronicles'. Written in Normandy between 1114 and 1141, it is a detailed history of the Norman people and their conquests, full of vivid, often penetrating portraits of the lives and characters of kings and queens, lords and bishops, simple knights, and humble villagers. The chronicle gives a unique, authentic picture of feudal society during a period of rapid
change in church and state which saw the emergence of the Anglo-Norman realm, the spread of new forms of monasticism, and the launching of the Crusades. Published in 1968, volume II of Marjorie Chibnall's six-volume edition of the Ecclesiastical History is now available for the first time
in paperback. `a superbly edited Latin text and a unique English translation of the work of a major historian' American Historical Review `Mrs Chibnall is giving us ... her edition of a classical medieval text which will itself become a classic of medieval scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement
`a superbly edited Latin text and a unique English translation of the work of a major historian'
American Historical Review
`Mrs Chibnall is giving us ... her edition of a classical medieval text which will itself become a classic of medieval scholarship.'
Times Literary Supplement
`a publishing event of major significance.'
`universally lauded as a landmark in Anglo-Norman historiography.'
Journal of Theological Studies
`a magnificent achievement.'
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Abbreviated references; Introduction: The author and his work; The sources of books III and IV; The historical value of books III and IV; Manuscript, punctuation, and spelling; Orderic Vitalis: Book III; Book IV; Apopendix 1. The descent of the lands of the lords of Bellême; Appendix II. The life and legend of St Judoc (St Josse); Appendix III. Early narrative sources for the Norman conquest; Geneological table. The family of Giroie (Géré);
Index of quotations and allusions; General index