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Ranulf Higden

Higden, Ranulf, d. c.1364, English chronicler. He wrote the Polychronicon, a universal history, interesting chiefly for its display of the geographical, scientific, and historical knowledge of its time. It was translated from Latin into English by John of Trevisa in 1387 and again by an anonymous translator in the early 15th cent. William Caxton printed (1482) Trevisa's translation plus several continuations to bring it to 1460.

See study by J. Taylor (1966).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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