Monday, April 20, 2009

Roll of Battle Abbey

New genealogy book at the Glenview Public Library:

The Roll of Battle Abbey annotated by John Bernard Burke.

This roll is the earliest record of the Normans. The Abbey was a memorial of the Battle of Hastings. Its first Benedictine c ommunity came f rom Normandy. Their purpose was to pray for those who had died in the battle, and preserve a faithful record of those who had shared in the victory.

The book lists the names of the Norman chieftains who accompanied the Conqueror, followed by annotations and heraldic images.

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