Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Gesta regum Anglorum
(456 words)

The deeds of the kings of the English, History of the English kings

William of Malmesbury

Date: 1125 (1st edition); 1135-40 (revised version)

Original Language: Latin


Queen Matilda, consort of Henry I, apparently asked William to produce a history of the kings of England. The result, the Gesta regum Anglorum, is a sweeping national chronicle that goes from the death of Bede in 735 to his own day: this clearly indicates that Bede was a model f…

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Tolan, John, “ Gesta regum Anglorum”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 26 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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