Thomson, R. M., William of Malmesbury, rev. ed., Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2003.

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William of Malmesbury
Woodbridge, Suffolk
Boydell and Brewer
Contents: Front matter; Part I: Context, character and achievement: 1. William of Malmesbury and his environment; 2. William as historian and man of letters; 3. William’s reading; 4. William’s ‘scriptorium’; 5. The earliest books from the library of Malmesbury Abbey; Part II: Studies of the writer at work: 6. William’s edition of the Liber Pontificalis; 7. William’s Carolingian sources; 8. William and the letters of Alcuin; 9. William and some other western writers on Islam; 10. William as historian of crusade; 11. William and the Noctes Atticae; Appendix I: The date of William’s birth; Appendix II: List of works known to William at first hand; III. Contents and significant readings of the Gellius florilegium; Back matter.
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William of Malmesbury (c.1090-c.1143) was England's greatest historian after Bede. Although best known in his own time, as now, for his historical writings (his famous Deeds of the Bishops and Deeds of the Kings of Britain), William was also a biblical commentator, hagiographer and classicist, and acted as his own librarian, bibliographer, scribe and editor of texts. He was probably the best-read of all twelfth-century men of learning. This is a comprehensive study and interpretation of William's intellectual achievement, looking at the man and his times and his work as man of letters, and considering the earliest books from Malmesbury Abbey library, William's reading, and his "scriptorium". Important in its own right, William's achievement is also set in the wider context of Benedictine learning and the writing of history in the twelfth century, and on England's contribution to the "twelfth-century renaissance". In this new edition, the text has been thoroughly revised, and the bibliography updated to reflect new research; there is also a new chapter on William as historian of the First Crusade.

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Anglo-Latin literature and learning
History, society and culture
(d. 709)
Ealdhelm of Sherborne
abbot of Malmesbury and later, bishop of Sherborne; known as an author of a number of elaborate Latin tracts in prose and in verse
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William of MalmesburyWilliam of Malmesbury
(d. in or after 1142)
Anglo-Norman monk of the Benedictine foundation at Malmesbury, known as a historian, scholar and hagiographer.
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Dennis Groenewegen
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