Henry of Huntingdon

Henry of Huntingdon an early English historian, was born about the end of the 11th century. He became archdeacon of Huntingdon before 1123. At the request of Alexander, bishop of Lincoln, he wrote a general history of England, from' he landing of Julius Caesar to the death of Stephen (1154), in eight books. It is to be found in Savile's Scriptores post Bedam praecipui (Lond. 1596, fol.; Francof. 1601); also in English, The Chronicle of Henry of Huntingdon, etc., edited by T. Forester (Lond. 1853, sm. 8vo). Warton (Anglia Sacra, ii, 694) gives a letter of Henry of Huntingdon to the abbot of Ramsey, Epistola ad Walterum de Miundi Contemptu, which contains many curious anecdotes of the kings, nobles, prelates, and other great men who were his contemporaries. It is given ah o in D'Achery, Spicilegium, 3, 503. — English Cyclopedia; Darling, Cyclop. Bibliographica, 1, 1439; Wright, Biog. Brit. Lit. (Anglo Norman Period).

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