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Hélinand of Froidmont
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ca 1160- post 1229. France. Hélinand was a trouvère before becoming a monk at Froidmont (Cistercian) ca 1182. He is last heard of participating in the foundation of the University of Toulouse in 1229. Amongst other works he composed between 1211 and 1223 a Latin universal chronicle from the Creation to 1204 in 49 books, only some of which survive. Two manuscripts, including Bonn, UB & LB, S 363, contain Books 1-18 (up to Alexander the Great), while a 16th-century edition has 45-49 (covering 634-1204). Hélinand cites his sources (authors and titles), even giving contradicto…

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Rech, Régis, “Hélinand of Froidmont”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_01258>
First published online: 2016

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