An Early Vernacular Annal on the First Crusade from Christ Church, Canterbury

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In the decades following the Norman Conquest of England, scribes working in the scriptorium at Christ Church, Canterbury entered a series of annals in the right-hand margin of an Easter table preserved in London, British Library, Cotton Caligula A. xv.1 Originally filled with computistical data for the years 988–1193 (fols 132v–138r), the table was later extended to accommodate the period from 1194 to 1268 (fols 138v–139r).2 Thirty-seven Old English annals provide a sporadic chronological record extending from 988 to 1109, together with what David Dumville describes as ‘two important outliers’ for the years 925 and 1130.3 These entries are followed by a set of Latin annals terminating with a brief account of the capture of Duke Arthur I of Brittany at Mirebeau in 1202.4

Original languageEnglish
Article numbergjab086
Pages (from-to)248-251
Number of pages4
JournalNotes and Queries
Issue number3
Early online date21 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021


  • Norman Conquest of England
  • Christ Church, Canterbury
  • Crusades
  • First Crusade
  • Duke Arthur I
  • Medieval historiography


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