Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Orderic Vitalis
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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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Mallett, Alex, “Orderic Vitalis”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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