Henry of Huntingdon's Chronicle of the Kings of England.
Henry was a native of Lincoln, or of some part of that formerly very extensive and important diocese; and was born towards the close of the eleventh century, probably between the years 1080 and 1090. His father's name was Nicholas, and held the archdeaconry of Huntingdon, in the church of Lincoln, a post to which Henry was afterwards preferred.
While a child, Henry was admitted into the family of Robert Bloet, a prelate of great talents and influence, who held the see of London from A.D. 1093 to 1123. Henry gives a lively account in his "Letter to Walter" of the sumptuous magnificence of the bishop's household, in which he had opportunities of associating with noble, and even royal, youths, who, according to the custom of the age, were nurtured in such establishments. He pursued his studies under the tuition of Albinus of Anjou, a canon of Lincoln, and subsequently Abbot of Ramsey.
On the death of Bishop Bloet, in the year 1123, Bishop Alexander de Blois, his successor in the see of Lincoln, retained Henry who accompanied the Bishop on his visits to Rome. The History of England was probably commenced soon after the return of Bishop Alexander from Rome in about 1125.
Included with Henry's History of England is a letter from Henry to his friend Walter, and The Acts of King Stephen, by an anonymous author, recording the events occurring in Stephen's reign.Return to top of page