He compares William's account of the Conquest in the Gesta regum Anglorum
with a little known diatribe in his Commentary on Lamentations (c.
According to a 12th Century document, Gesta regum Anglorum
, he managed to glide for a furlong (around 200 metres) before breaking both his legs on landing.
The prophecy appears in a late-fourteenth-century hand on the final parchment folio of a twelfth-century copy of William of Malmesbury s Gesta regum anglorum
with other Latin chronicle material.
She relies heavily on William of Malmesbury and his Gesta regum Anglorum
In the 12th century, the fame of Arthur spread to England, where it was noted by William of Malmesbury in his Gesta Regum Anglorum
( Chronicle of the Kings of England, c1120 - 28).
Both Orderic, in his Ecclesiastical History, and William, in his Gesta Regum Anglorum
, though working to some extent far from the major centres of action in their world (Malmesbury and St Evroult abbeys), nevertheless displayed great keenness to learn from the history of their larger environments, English in the case of William, and Norman in the case of Orderic.
The manuscript contains two texts, both of which are incomplete: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae and William of Malmesbury's Gesta Regum Anglorum