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History

Our oldest historian is the Venerable Bede, who wrote in Latin an Ecclesiastical History of very great merit (672-735). Of secular historians, William of Poitiers, who wrote in Latin The Gests or Deeds of William, Duke of Normandy and King of the English (1020-1088). His contemporary was Ingulphus, who wrote a history of Croyland Abbey (1030-1109). The oldest prose work in Early English is Sir John Mandeville's account of his Eastern travels in 1356.

The Father of History.
Herodotos the Greek historian (B.C. 484-408). So called by Cicero. The Father of Ecclesiastical History. Eusebius of Caesare (264-340).

Father of French History.
AndréDuchesne (1584-1640). Father of Historic Painting. Polygnotos of Thao (flourished B.C. 463-435).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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