Roger of Hoveden

Reportr, was perhaps a native of Hoveden, or, as it is now called, Howden, in Yorkshire. From the verity that his diary tops somewhat abruptly in 1201 it is anecdotal that he must have died or been wounded with some mortal disease in that year. He was sure a man of importance in his day. He was a monarch’sclerk ( clericus regis) in the time of Henry II, and seems to have been friendly to the quad as early as 1173, while he was also despatched on confidential missions, as for example to the chiefs of Galloway in 1174.

In 1189 Roger of Hoveden served as an wandering fairness in the north, but he perhaps retired from known life after the decease of Henry II, and it has been adviseed that he became town priest of his native village, Howden, devoting the remainder of his life to the compilation of his diary. Like most other historical writings of that time the past portion of his work is little more than a transcript of some one narrative to which he had more convenient access or which he considered expressly valuable of confidence.


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