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Latin literature in Britain is literature from Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) originally written in Latin. A great deal of interest is invested in the literature of Britain in Germanic or Celtic languages, but explicit references to literature in Latin are scattered and rare. Literary production in Latin from Britain is very rich, yet it is hard to find a good description of the whole picture. This page starts as a work in progress area to cover that need.


Medieval literature

Gildas (Gildas, c. 494/516 – c. 570).

Beda (Bede, c. 672/673 – 25 May 735), Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum

Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus (Alcuin [or Ealhwine] of York, c. 735 – 19 May 804)

Nennius (fl. 9th century)

Ordericus Vitalis (Orderic Vitalis, 1075 – c. 1142)

Wilhelmus of Malmesbury (William of Malmesbury, c. 1080/1095 – c. 1143)

Galfredus Monumetensis (Geoffrey of Monmouth, c. 1100 – c. 1155), Historia Regum Britanniæ

Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales, 1146 - 1243)

Rogerus Bacon (Roger Bacon, c. 1214 – 1294)

Johannes Duns Scotus (c. 1266 – 8 November 1308)

Wilhelmus Occam (William of Ockham, c. 1288 – c. 1348)

Renaissance literature

Johannes Gower (John Gower, c. 1330 – October 1408), Vox Clamantis

Thomas Morus (Thomas More, 7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535), Utopia

Modern literature

Franciscus Baconus (Francis Bacon, 22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), Novum Organum

Thomas Hobbesius (Thomas Hobbes, 5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679)

Johannes Milton (John Milton, 9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674), Defensio pro Populo Anglicano, De Doctrina Christiana

Isaac Newton 4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica

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