The Liber Eliensis ("Book of Ely") is a 12th-century English chronicle
and history, written in Latin. Composed in three books, it was written
at Ely Abbey on the island of Ely in the fenlands of eastern
Cambridgeshire. Ely Abbey became the cathedral of a newly formed
bishopric in 1109. The Liber covers the period from the founding of the
abbey in 673 until the middle of the 12th century, building on a number
of earlier historical works. It incorporates documents and stories of
saints' lives and is a typical example of a kind of local history
produced during the latter part of the 12th century. The longest of the
contemporary local histories, it describes the devastation caused by the
disorders during the reign of King Stephen, as well as the career of
Nigel (Bishop of Ely 1133–69) and his disputes with the king. The two
surviving complete manuscripts of the work are complemented by a number
of partial manuscripts. A printed version of the Latin text appeared in
1963 and an English translation was published in 2005. The Liber
Eliensis is an important source of historical information for the region
and period it covers, and particularly for the abbey and bishopric of
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liber_Eliensis>
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when twelve European nations signed the First Geneva Convention,
establishing the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Irish Civil War: Irish National Army commander-in-chief Michael
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at the village of Béal na mBláth.
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operation against the civilian residents of nine villages located in the
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