Orderic was born in Mercia in 1075 to a Norman father and English mother. His father was a clerk in the retinue of Roger of Montgomery, later the earl of Shrewsbury. Orderic was given a rudimentary education at a newly-built local abbey, before his father sent him away at the age of ten to the abbey of St Evroul, never to see him again.
Despite his importance as a historian, little is known of Orderic except a few details that can b…
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“Orderic Vitalis”, in:
Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas.
Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-8054_cmri_COM_24267>