William of Malmesbury's Chronicle of the Kings of England.
William, a monk of Malmesbury monastery, started his "Chronicle of the Kings of England" about 1135, the time of Henry I.'s death, and this would place his own birth about 1095 or 1096.
When a boy, William was placed in the monastery whence he derived his name, where in due time he became librarian, and, according to Leland, precentor; and ultimately refused the dignity of abbat. His death is generally supposed to have taken place about 1143; though it is probable that he survived this period some time. His "Modern History" (included here) terminates at the end of the year 1142.Return to top of page