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Gesta Regum Anglorum (History of the Kings)

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published by Llanerch Press (first published 1125)
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Brian
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William is simply put the Historian of the Millenium. Not only does he have a really fun time to talk about (from the time of the earliest Ango-Saxons down to the reign of Henry I), but he also has a really fun way of saying it. I could wax on, but here are some of my favorite commonplaces:

"Here then fortune, who had so frequently caressed Oswin with her blandishments, now wounded him with her Scorpion sting."

"[Aldheim's] noble acts appear clearer even to the eye purblind than can possibly be sk
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Brittany Petruzzi
Awesome. Just awesome. Makes you want to read all the historical books about England that have ever existed.
Ryan
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chronicle of the Kings of England comprehensively details the history of the English people from their earliest days to the middle of the 12th century. Borrowing largely from Bede, William details England's earlier kings, spending the last three books on William the Conqueror and the kings after him. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this book immensely, and I look forward to trying out Bede soon. William has certainly left me with a great curiosity for the medieval period and the kings of ...more
Nick
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval, history
Malmesbury cites the things me gave up to go on Crusade- the Welsh gave up hunting: the Danes gave up their drinking parties: the Norwegians their raw fish: the Scots their fellowship with lice.

Masterful!
Matthew Hurley
A little bit of Bede, a little bit of Herodotus, and altogether awesome.
Duntay
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
For all of the kings and crusades, popes and battles the thing that sticks in my mind is the man who was eaten alive by mice.
Christopher
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Malmesbury. He's a truly great historian.
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William of Malmesbury (Latin: Willelmus Malmesbiriensis; c. 1095 or '96 – c. 1143) was the foremost English historian of the 12th century. Hollister ranked him among the most talented English historians since Bede.

William was born about 1095 or 1096 in Wiltshire. His father was Norman and his mother English. He spent his whole life in England and his adult life as a monk at Malmesbury Abbey in Wil
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