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William of Malmesbury

English historian

William of Malmesbury (c. 1095 or '96 – c. 1143), English historian of the 12th century, was born about the year 1095 or '96, in Wiltshire. His father was Norman and mother English. He spent his whole life in England with his best working years as a monk at Malmesbury Abbey.


  • We have experienced the truth of this prophecy, for England has become the habitation of outsiders and the dominion of foreigners. Today, no Englishman is earl, bishop, or abbott, and newcomers gnaw away at the riches and very innards of England; nor is there any hope for an end of this misery.
    • Gesta Regum Anglorum of 1125. (Hugh M. Thomas, The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation and Identity 1066-c.1220 (Oxford University Press, 2003), p. 56.)
  • That fatal day for England, the sad destruction of our dear country [dulcis patrie].
    • On the Battle of Hastings. (M. T. Clanchy, England and Its Rulers: 1066-1272 (Blackwell, 1998), p. 24.)

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