John of Oxnead, chronicler of St Benet's Holm

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Authorship of the late thirteenth-century chronicle of the abbey of St. Benet's Holm in Norfolk was given to John of Oxnead by its editor. However, some scholars have questioned the attribution, because its only basis is a seventeenth-century inscription in a surviving copy of the text. This short article produces a reference to a John of Oxnead in an account roll from the abbey written the year after the latest entry in the chronicle. It is very likely that this is the man mentioned in the post-medieval inscription: the alternative is to accept a highly improbable coincidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742–743
JournalHistorical Research
Issue number238
Early online date15 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • Medieval chronicles
  • St Benet of Holm
  • Norfolk


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