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Aelred as a historian among historians


Freeman, E, Aelred as a historian among historians, A Companian to Aelred of Rievaulx (1110-1167), Brill, Dutton, ML (ed), Leiden and Boston, pp. 113-146. ISBN 9789004183551 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/9789004337978_007


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.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:history, Aelred, benedictine
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Freeman, E (Dr Elizabeth Freeman)
ID Code:115354
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-03-20
Last Modified:2018-06-18

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