Eadmer [Edmer] of Canterbury
- J. C. Rubenstein
Eadmer [Edmer] of Canterbury (b.c. 1060, d. in or after 1126), Benedictine monk and historian, was born to English parents, and entered Christ Church, Canterbury, as an oblate. As a child he witnessed the sudden destruction of the cathedral during the fire of 1067; he took special care afterwards to commit to memory the plan of the old church and the locations of its relics. His recollections as an old man of these childhood memories provide historians with a surprisingly detailed portrait of the Anglo-Saxon building. In 1093 the newly elected ...