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Two monks called John of Wallingford (Full Post)

What worried the first Prior John of Wallingford about 10th century Danish invaders?

Wallingford Museum's latest exhibition 'A Monk's Tale' tells the story of the life of Wallingford Priory as far as it is known from documents and archaeology.  Along with many previously unknown secrets, the exhibition also includes an insight into two monks called John.

The first 'John of Wallingford' was Prior of Wallingford in the early 1190's and moved on to be Abbot of St. Albans from 1195 until he died in 1214.  His 'Chronicle' was a record of events in Saxon times. He is perhaps best remembered for his comments about the cleanliness of the Danes who attacked England in the 10th century:-
'The Danes, thanks to their habit of combing their hair every day, of bathing every Saturday and regularly changing their clothes, were able to undermine the virtue of married women and even seduce the daughters of nobles to be their mistresses'.
He is also credited for being the first to predict the high water mark of the River Thames in his document 'Flod at London Brigge'.

The second 'John of Wallingford' was ...........
Well you'll need to visit Wallingford Museum to find out more

By: Jackie Ellis
Published On: 29/05/2013

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