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Ordericus Vitalis

(ôrdĕr`ĭkəs vĭtăl`ĭs), 1075–c.1143, Norman monk and chronicler, b. England. He spent most of his life in Saint-Évroul in Normandy. His Ecclesiastical History (4 vol., tr. 1853–56; repr. 1968), a universal history to 1143, is valuable for a study of the Normans in England, France, and Italy and for the history of his own times.


See study by M. Chibnall (1984).

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The names of some of the best of these chroniclers are Eadmer, Orderic Vitalis, and William of Malmesbury.
(75) Traversing to approximately sixty years later, in 1119, "another king of England, Henry I, but now also duke of Normandy, met an invading French army [and] [t]he battle was [a] resounding victory for the Anglo-Normans, yet of the 900 or so knights engaged only, three were killed." (76) Strickland points to Orderic Vitalis, the monastic chronicler, and his version of events,
Elisabeth van Houts, in a briskly informative survey, demonstrates that, of the Norman historians she discusses, 'only the Englishman Orderic Vitalis campaigned for the Anglo-Saxon heritage to be taken seriously' (p.
One of the chroniclers - Orderic Vitalis - says that the rebels lived in tents in the woods and marshes, refusing to sleep in houses in case they became soft.
Seven essays emerged into print, discussing saintly retribution in medieval Ireland, the "fyre of ire kyndlid" in the 15th-century Scottish marches, religious minorities and the right to bear arms in 15th-century Portugal, feudal war in 10th-century France, rancorous deeds and words in the world of Orderic Vitalis, verbal and physical violence in the Historie of Aurelia and Isabell, whether the High Middle Ages ever witnessed such a thing as feud, and the emotional rhetoric of crusading.
The Written World: Past and Place in the Work of Orderic Vitalis. By Amanda Jane Hingst.
Chibnall, Marjorie, The Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978, volume VI.
The sceptical Wace translated material from the independent history by Orderic Vitalis, two GND continuations and several English chronicles.
and trans.) The Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis, (Oxford, 1968-80), IV, 276-77.
(9) She was raised by her uncle, the Count of Evreux, and aunt, Helwise, 'clever and persuasive but cruel and grasping' according to Orderic Vitalis, who reports that Fulk IV approached Duke Robert of Normandy for permission to marry her.
The essays by Dominique Barthelemy and Thomas Roche are close parsings of central medieval chronicles, the former of Flodoard's Annals and Richer's Histories, the latter of Orderic Vitalis's Historia Ecclesiastica.