See also:English chronicler, was probably a native of
See also:Wendover in Buckinghamshire . At some uncertain date he became a
See also:monk of St Albans; afterwards he was appointed
See also:prior of the
See also:cell of Belvoir, but he forfeited this dignity in the early years of
See also:Henry III., having been found guilty of wasting the endowments . His latter years were passed at St Albans, where he died on the 6th of May 1236 . He is the first of the important chroniclers who worked in the scriptorium of this
See also:house . His
See also:work, the
See also:Flores Historiarum, begins at the creation and extends to 1235 . It is of
See also:original value from 1202 . Some critics have supposed, but on inconclusive evidence, that Wendover copied, up to 1189, an earlier compilation, the work of
See also:John de
See also:Cella, the twenty-first
See also:abbot of St Albans (1195—1214) . Wendover's work is known to us through one 13th-century
See also:manuscript in the Bodleian library (
See also:Douce MS . 207), a mutilated 14th-century copy in the
See also:British Museum (
See also:Cotton MS .
See also:Otho B. v.), and the edition prepared by
See also:Paris which forms the first
See also:part of that writer's Chronica Majora (ed . H . R .
Luard, RollsSeries, 7 vols.) . The best edition of Wendover is that of H . O . Coxe (4 vols.,
See also:London, 1841—42); there is another (from 1154) in the Rolls Series by H . G .
See also:Hewlett (3 vols., 1886—89) . Wendover is a copious but inaccurate writer, less prejudiced but also less graphic than Matthew Paris . Where he is the
See also:sole authority for an event, he is to be used with caution . See Luard's prefaces to vols. i., ii., iii. and vii. of the Chronica Majora; and the Monumenta Germaniae Historica . Scriptores,
See also:xxviii. pp . 3-20 . (H .
W . C .
ROGER OF HOVEDEN, or HOWDEN (fl. 1174-1201)
ROGER WOLCOTT (1847-1901)
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