Where does the balance of power lie before Magna Carta?
Born: around the year 1200, location unknown Died: late May, or June, 1259 Spouse: unmarried Occupation: monk
Did you know that historians know very little about Matthew Paris’ childhood? During the middle ages, many people had surnames that indicated where they had been born. So, Matthew Paris may have been born in France, but the only thing we really know for certain about his early life is that he became a monk of the Benedictine abbey of St Albans in Hertfordshire on 21 January 1217.
Matthew Paris is most famous for writing many histories and biographies, but he was also talented in other crafts. He was an excellent illustrator, goldsmith and silversmith, and he also drew several detailed maps of England and the world at a time when very little was known about cartography (map making).
For most his life, Matthew Paris believed that the world was going to end in 1250. When the apocalypse failed to occur, Matthew had to continue writing his history of England until his death in 1259.
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