Shock and awe in London and Paris


13th February
– According to the contemporary chronicler Matthew Paris, in his Chronica Majora and Historia Anglorum, on this day, the vigil of St Valentine,  in 1247,

“there was a great earthquake in many places of England, especially in London about the banks of the Thames, destroying many houses”.

Matthew Paris

Matthew Paris

Paris was also a  Benedictine monk, scribe and illuminator of manuscripts, based at St Albans Abbey (see also blog posting here). He was of French origin.

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