Friday, May 26, 2017

A brief historical note

Historia Anglorum by an unknown artist
British Library (circa 1250)
The English historian Henry of Huntingdon (1088 - 1157) wrote one of the earliest histories of the British Isles, a book entitled Historia Anglorum, which was published circa 1129.

My brothers and I have been researching our family history for several months now. Building on the work of others in my family, we have traced parts of my family tree back more than 1,000 years.

It was this research into my ancestry that led me to Henry of Huntingdon and his opus.

In Historia Anglorum, the historian had a few choice words to describe my 29th great grandfather John Marshal (c.1105 - 1165). The chronicler referred to this minor nobleman, who happened to be one of my ancestors, as "that child of hell and the root of all evil."

So, you see, my dear readers, one must conclude that I am no ordinary troublemaker in Detroit. Instead, I come from a long line of troublemakers - including "that child of hell and the root of all evil."
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