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Flares Historiarum

The Flares Historiarum is a Latin chronicle dealing with English history from the creation to 1326, although some of the earlier manuscripts end at 1306; it was compiled by various persons, and written partly at St Albans and partly at Westminster Abbey. The part from 1306 to 1326 was written by Robert of Reading (d. 1325) and another Westminster monk. (It was for many years attributed to a "Matthew of Westminster". Except for parts dealing with the reign of Edward I its value is not great.

It was first printed by Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1567, and the best edition is the one edited with introduction by HR Luard for the Rolls series (London, 1890). It has been translated into English by CD Yonge (London, 1853). See Luard's introduction, and C Bemont in the Revue critique d'histoire (Paris, 1891).