Thomas of Otterbourne

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Thomas of Otterbourne is the name of two English medieval chroniclers, very often confused. The later Thomas wrote in the early 15th century and covers in detail the reign of Richard II of England, extending to 1420. [1] The text was printed in 1732 by Thomas Hearne, with that of John Whethamstede. [2]

Richard II of England 14th-century King of England and Duke of Aquitaine

Richard II, also known as Richard of Bordeaux, was King of England from 1377 until he was deposed in 1399. Richard's father, Edward the Black Prince, died in 1376, leaving Richard as heir apparent to King Edward III. Upon the death of his grandfather Edward III, the 10-year-old Richard succeeded to the throne.

Thomas Hearne (antiquarian) English antiquary and historian

Thomas Hearne or Hearn was an English diarist and prolific antiquary, particularly remembered for his published editions of many medieval English chronicles and other important historical texts.

John Whethamstede was an English abbot.

The earlier Thomas of Otterbourne was a Franciscan, active in the middle of the fourteenth century. The two were regarded as probably the same man by the Dictionary of National Biography , but this view is rejected by Antonia Gransden, who tentatively identifies him as the rector in 1393 of Chingford. [3] They are also regarded as different by the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle . [4]

<i>Dictionary of National Biography</i> Multi-volume reference work

The Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is a standard work of reference on notable figures from British history, published since 1885. The updated Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) was published on 23 September 2004 in 60 volumes and online, with 50,113 biographical articles covering 54,922 lives.

Antonia Gransden, English historian and medievalist, is former Reader in Medieval History at the University of Nottingham. She is author of a number of works in medieval historiography, most notably the large two volume study Historical Writing in England. She was born Antonia Harrison and married Ken Gransden in 1957. They had two daughters and the marriage was dissolved in 1977.

Chingford district of the London Borough of Waltham Forest in East London

Chingford is a district in North East London, located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and is situated 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained urban district status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford. Chingford is close to the Essex border of Epping Forest District.


  1. Edward Donald Kennedy (2010). "Thomas of Otterbourn (2)". In Graeme Dunphy (ed.). Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle . Leiden: Brill. p. 1174. ISBN   90 04 18464 3.
  2. Antonia Gransden (1982). Historical Writing in England II. p. 196.
  3. Gransden (1982). p. 196.
  4. Edward Donald Kennedy (2010). "Thomas of Otterbourn (1)". In Graeme Dunphy (ed.). Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle . Leiden: Brill. pp. 1173–1174. ISBN   90 04 18464 3.

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