Henry of Huntingdon


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Henry of Huntingdon,

d. 1155, English chronicler, archdeacon of Huntingdon. His Historia Anglorum is important not because it gives many new facts but because it was much used by later writers. It is based on Bede and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the earlier period but is original work for the years 1126–54. The Historia Anglorum was translated by Thomas Forester (1853, repr. 1968).
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Such depictions stem more from the ideological axes that post-Conquest authors like William of Malmesbury, Orderic Vitalis, and Henry of Huntingdon had to grind than from any fair-minded attempt to understand the Anglo-Saxon episcopacy in context (ch.
Both types are placed against the background of Latin historiography of the time (as evidenced by William of Malmesbury, Henry of Huntingdon, Geoffrey of Monmouth, William of Newburgh).
First, chapter iii plays down the importance of written sources, as opposed to eyewitnesses, on little more than the evidence of William of Malmesbury and Henry of Huntingdon.
But Henry of Huntingdon was no mere scissors-and-paste historian: he selected, amended, abbreviated and expanded his authorities (and occasionally added his own comment and information) in order to sustain a strong story-line.