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 Chronica majora

(1,187 words)

Author(s): Luchitskaya, Svetlana
‘The great chronicle’ Matthew Paris Date: Approximately 1240-59 Original Language: Latin Description In his Chronica majora Matthew reworks the Flores historiarum of Roger Wendover, and continues it from 1235. For history prior to 1236, he simply abridges and copies from other monastic annals and chronicles, but in its coverage of the period from 1235 to 1259 his chronicle gives a detailed a…

Matthew Paris

(461 words)

Author(s): Luchitskaya, Svetlana
Biography All we know about Matthew Paris is gleaned from his own works. In spite of his surname and his knowledge of French, he was evidently of English birth. He was a Benedictine monk, chronicler and artist based at St Albans Abbey in Hertfordshire. He may have studied in Paris after his early education at the St Albans Abbey school, though in 1217 he was admitted as a monk t…