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|Title||:||William of Malmesbury's Chronicle of the Kings of England: From the Earliest Period to the Reign of King Stephen|
|Number of Pages||:||544 Pages|
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William of Malmesbury's Chronicle of the Kings of England: From the Earliest Period to the Reign of King Stephen Reviews
William is simply put the Historian of the Millenium. Not only does he have a really fun time to talk about (from the time of the earliest Ango-Saxons down to the reign of Henry I), but he also has a really fun way of saying it. I could wax on, but here are some of my favorite commonplaces:"Here then fortune, who had so frequently caressed Oswin with her blandishments, now wounded him with her Scorpion sting.""[Aldheim's] noble acts appear clearer even to the eye purblind than can possibly be sketched by my pencil.""For form the Saxons they learned an untamable ferocity of mind, from the Flemings an unmanly delicacy of the body, and from the Danes drunkenness." On Edric: "This fellow was the refuse of mankind, the reproach of the English, an abandoned glutton, a cunning miscreant, who had become opulent, not by nobility, but by specious language and impudence.""The French King inactive and surfeited with daily gluttony, came hiccuping, through repletion, to the war: but, as he was making great professions, the money of the King of England met him by the way; with which his resolution being born down, he unbuckled his armor, and went back to gormandizing."
Awesome. Just awesome. Makes you want to read all the historical books about England that have ever existed.
Chronicle of the Kings of England comprehensively details the history of the English people from their earliest days to the middle of the 12th century. Borrowing largely from Bede, William details England's earlier kings, spending the last three books on William the Conqueror and the kings after him. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this book immensely, and I look forward to trying out Bede soon. William has certainly left me with a great curiosity for the medieval period and the kings of England.
Malmesbury cites the things me gave up to go on Crusade- the Welsh gave up hunting: the Danes gave up their drinking parties: the Norwegians their raw fish: the Scots their fellowship with lice. Masterful!
A little bit of Bede, a little bit of Herodotus, and altogether awesome.
For all of the kings and crusades, popes and battles the thing that sticks in my mind is the man who was eaten alive by mice.
I really like Malmesbury. He's a truly great historian.