The Deeds Of The English Kings William of Malmesbury New Folio Society [2014]


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The Deeds Of The English Kings by William of Malmesbury

In the early 12th century, with encouragement from Queen Matilda, William, the librarian of Malmesbury Abbey, began to write a history of the English kings. Born to a Norman father and an English mother at a time when the Norman Conquest was a fresh memory, William had a unique perspective on English history. His work was an ambitious one, stretching from the first arrival of Saxon invaders right up to his own time, and involving extensive first-hand research. It was daring too, since William did not hesitate to include some trenchant criticisms of the Norman kings.

Contains full-page illuminations depicting dramatic moments from the Deeds, all sourced from medieval manuscripts. Initial letters have been hand-drawn by the calligrapher Charlotte Orr, each one unique. Display fonts and chapter headings are picked out in rubric, while even the deep lower margin is a reflection of the original layout’s ‘golden rectangle’ design.

This beautiful book is one that should please anyone interested in English history, or the art of illumination.


  • Folio Society First Impression
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; [2014]
  • Brown Cloth Hardback, 568 pp
  • With 24 pages of colour plates
  • Size 250 x 180mm, 1.8kg

Condition: Brand New – Still In Original Unopend Cellophane Wrap

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Weight 1.8 kg


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