Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Adbreviatio de gestis imperatorum
(415 words)

Abbreviated history of the emperors

William of Malmesbury

Date: 1129

Original Language: Latin


This manuscript, a good part of it in William’s own hand, contains William’s digest of Roman imperial history, essentially an annotation, and in many cases a reworking, of chronicles from Dares to Hugh of Fleury (q.v.). It relates Roman history from the sack of Troy to the medieval empire, concluding with regnal lists of Byzantine and Ottonian emperors and French kings.


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Tolan, John, “ Adbreviatio de gestis imperatorum”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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