Roger of Wendover

Roger of Wendover probably derives his surname from Wendover in Buckinghamshire. He was precentor in the abbey of St. Albans, and in later life prior of the dependent house of Belvoir. From this latter office he was deposed on a charge of wasting the property of the house peihaps about the year 1219. According to his continuator Matthew Paris he died 6 May 1237.

Roger of Wendover's great work, entitled Chronica live Flores Ilutoriarum, extends from the Creation of the World to the year 1235 a.d. That part of the whole which treats of English history from the landing of the English in Britain (447 A.D.) to 1235 has been printed by Mr. Coxe for the English Historical Society. He is of course a v°ry important authority, as he gets near his own age; but his account of the Crusade is mainly drawn from Ralph of Coggeshall, the Itinerariwn, Roger of Howden, or Benedict, Sec. He has, however, a few details seemingly peculiar to himself.

Bibliography:

Matthew Paris, Roger of Wendover's Flowers of History, 2 vols, London, 1849.

Encyclopædia Britannica, Cambridge University Press, 1911.