Historia ecclesiastica
(1,540 words)

Ecclesiastical history

Orderic Vitalis

Date: Mainly between 1123 and 1137, with additions until 1142

Original Language: Latin


The Ecclesiastical history was written, at the request of the abbot of St Evroul, as an historical record of the abbey, but it soon grew to become a much wider historical work. Starting with the life of Christ, the Apostles and subsequent popes in Books 1 and 2, it describes the events in …

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Mallett, Alex, “ Historia ecclesiastica”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-8054_cmri_COM_24268>
First published online: 2010

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