Ordericus Vitalis

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.

Bibliography

See study by M. Chibnall (1984).

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From the comments of Ordericus Vitalis (1075-1142) Getz notes that the English demonstrated contempt for "the flashy, foreign, self-indulgent ways of the French" (25).
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