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(both: ĕd`mər), d. 1124?, English monk and historian. He was in the monastery of Christ Church, Canterbury, when Anselm became archbishop of Canterbury, and his biography of St. Anselm is the basic one. Eadmer's Historiae novorum is a history of England from 1066 to 1122 from the ecclesiastical point of view and is excellent of its kind. He was elected archbishop of St. Andrews, but was never consecrated because the Scots refused to accept the spiritual authority of Canterbury.


See R. W. Southern, St. Anselm and His Biographer (1963).

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The names of some of the best of these chroniclers are Eadmer, Orderic Vitalis, and William of Malmesbury.
Such and so licentious were the times, as announced by the public declaration of the assembled clergy, recorded by Eadmer; and we need add nothing more to vindicate the probability of the scenes which we have detailed, and are about to detail, upon the more apocryphal authority of the Wardour MS.
The Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was first formulated by Eadmer (1060-1126) of Canterbury, Benedictine monk, historian and theologian companion and biographer of Saint Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury (1033-1109), which was continued to be espoused by Anselm the younger, a nephew of the saint.
Groth, Miles, The Voice that Thinks, Greensburg: Eadmer Press, 1997.
In the twelfth century, Eadmer of Canterbury took these ideas to another level, arguing that Mary's excellence precluded any taint of original sin: simply by coming into existence in her mothers womb at the moment of her Immaculate Conception, the Virgin's perfection redeemed the fallen world.
Regarding the debate between Southern and V., Southern often relied on Eadmer's portrayal of Anselm as a theologian who despised involvement with the secular world and was not particularly adept at navigating it.
The monk Eadmer, who was hugely influenced by Bede, wrote, for example, a Historia Novorum in Anglia, between 1095 and 1123, and William of Malmesbury, who considered himself as Bede's successor, a Historia Novella at the end of his life (he died in 1143), a work which he left unfinished.
In this short sentence (which never fails to draw knowing laughter from my students), Werfel signals Peyramale's awareness of the long doctrinal development leading up to the definition in 1854--a controversial development to which such saints and theologians as Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, Eadmer of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Ramon Lull, and John Duns Scotus had contributed, often by their objections.
1 The English theologian Eadmer (c.1060-c.1130) was the biographer of which Italian-born saint and Archbishop of Canterbury?
Much of his life is only known through the works of Eadmer, which are not particularly concerned with his intellectual life, and much modern history distinguishes philosophy and theology as separate branches.