Roger of Wendover

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Roger of Wendover
BirthplaceWendover(?), England

Roger of Wendover,

d. c.1236, English chronicler, a monk of St. Albans. As historiographer of St. Albans, he began the Flores historiarum (see Matthew of WestminsterMatthew of Westminster,
name for many years given to the supposed author of an English chronicle in Latin, the Flores historiarum. The chronicle was actually written by various monks. The portion covering the period from the creation to 1265, written at St.
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), a general chronicle starting with the creation. He drew the material from 1192 to 1201 from Roger of HovedenRoger of Hoveden
, d. 1201; English chronicler. His chronicle, covering the years from 732 to 1201, is an original source only for the years through which he lived. His life as a member of the household of Henry II and the documents he included make his work important.
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, but that from 1201 to 1235 is original. His work contains many fantastic and distorted stories and judgments hostile to King John. He is in large part responsible for the negative picture of John (perpetuated by Matthew of ParisMatthew of Paris
or Matthew Paris,
d. 1259, English historian, a monk of St. Albans. He became the historiographer of the convent after the death (c.1236) of Roger of Wendover.
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) that has come down through history.

Roger of Wendover


Date of birth unknown; died May 6, 1236, in the monastery of Saint Albans. English chronicler; monk at the monastery of Saint Albans. Possibly a native of Wendover, Buckinghamshire.

Wendover’s chronicle, Flores historiarum, is devoted to the history of England and, in part, that of a number of other countries, particularly France. The account covering the period 1201–35 is the most detailed and reliable. The chronicle was reworked by Matthew Paris, who incorporated it into his own opus.