Life of Arnold fitz Thedmar
What is it about?
Arnold fitz Thedmar was a thirteenth-century alderman of London and the first British urban chronicler. This paper re-examines a text that Arnold wrote, a text which historians have misunderstood as a biography of his life.
Why is it important?
This paper shows that Arnold's 'biography' was really nothing of the sort, and that Arnold wrote this text in response to political, financial and xenophobic pressures, under which he found himself. As a result we learn a great deal about this enigmatic and pioneering medieval British chronicler. This paper also sheds light on the ways in which Londoners defined their identity in the Middle Ages.
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