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William of Newburgh: The History of English AffairsBook 2$
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Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780856684739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780856684739.001.0001

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William of Newburgh: The History of English Affairs
P.G. Walsh, M.J. Kennedy
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on English Historian William of Newburgh, who was born in 1136 near Bridlington in Yorkshire and received early education at Newburgh Priory, one of the numerous houses established by the Augustinian Canons in twelfth-century England. It looks at William's activities or movements during the first decades of his religious life and describes how he played an active role in the spiritual and academic formation of young entrants to the Priory school. It also mentions William's five books of The History of English Affairs that were written in a relatively short period between 1196 and 1198. The chapter explains how he devoted the greater part of Book I to the reign of Stephen, Books II and III to the extensive rule of Henry II, and Books IV and V to the years of Richard 1. It recounts William's intention to complete his history with the death of Richard in April 1199, since each of the first four books concludes at such a significant juncture with appropriate closing remarks.

Keywords:   William of Newburgh, Augustinian Canons, England, The History of English Affairs, Stephen, Henry II, Richard 1

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