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Terrific fun here. Matthew Paris was a fascinating observer of 13th Century life. A British monk, he was worldly, bitchy and opinionated, though his opinions are often hard to really nail down. For example, with regard to the Emperor Frederick II, he sometimes referred to him as "merciless" and "of suspect memory," but he also called him "the greatest of the princes of the earth." He was similarly mixed in his opinions about the Pope at the time, Innocent IV, and his own King, Henry III (whom he...
This excerpt of the Chronicles of Matthew Paris begins with the year 1247. To locate the time in relation to the happenings of other books I have read, this is 43 years after the death of Elinor of Aquitaine and about 80 years before the events described in The Name of the Rose. For my Buddhist friends, it was 6 years before Nichiren Daishonin first chanted Nam Myoho Renge Kyo in April of 1253.Matthew Paris was a monk in the Benedictine monastery of St. Albans from 1217 to 1259 when he died. He
This book contains a selection of Matthew Paris' chronicles, which were written during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272) while the writer was a monk at St. Albans. It is not a full chronicle. The content is nicely edited and features some of Paris' best drawings. A nice addition to a medieval shelf.
nice pictures, chronicler's narrative