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were presumably influenced by their mixed nationality: they identified with the Norman cause because of their fathers, but they may have depended on their maternal family background for their pro-English sympathies. This applies most strongly to Orderic who was born in England but left the country at the age of ten to enter the Norman monastery of Saint-Evroult where he spent the rest of his life. Like

in The Normans in Europe

clerics of various nationalities died suddenly. In other parts of the world scarcely a third of the population survived. In England the pestilence began in June that year. Children and adolescents were generally the first to die, and then the elderly. Members of religious orders and parish clergy and others died suddenly without respect of persons when the first spots and the other signs of death

in The Black Death

origins and early life By nationality the blessed Raimondo was a Piacentine, born in the city of Piacenza. His family were not of illustrious origin, but nor were they lowly: if you consider their domestic circumstances, they were private citizens, neither poor nor wealthy. The blessed father was of medium height, with a graceful body; nimble and quick in action, although thin. He was intelligent and

in Saints and cities in medieval Italy

] In the reign of Michael Ducas after the downfall of the Emperor Diogenes, the Roussel episode proved how valiant he was. 103 Roussel was a Kelt and had previously joined the Roman [= Byzantine] army. His good fortune made him conceited and he gathered an army of his own, a considerable force made up partly of his own countrymen and partly of other nationalities. He was a formidable rebel. His attack

in The Normans in Europe