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Aelred's as a historian among historians

Freeman, E ORCID: 0000-0002-3062-7475 2017 , 'Aelred's as a historian among historians', in Dutton and ML (eds.), A Companian to Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167) , Brill, Leiden and Boston, pp. 113-146.

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Abstract

The mid-12th century in England was a popular time for the writing of histories. The Norman Conquest of 1066 was sufficiently entrenched that its effects were now clear and inescapable. Benedictine monks in particular seem to have felt that an old world had gone forever, and in the mid-12th century they turned in ever-increasing numbers to the writing of history. National histories were common at this time; commencing their chronologies with the 5th-century arrival of the Angles and Saxons and then continuing up to contemporary times, these narrative histories carried clear political and moral agendas along with their chronological developments.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Freeman, E
Keywords: history, Aelred, benedictine
Publisher: Brill
DOI / ID Number: 10.1163/9789004337978_007
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Copyright 2017 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden

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