Note 015
From Chapter 56 of the Decline & Fall

The original monuments of the Normans in Italy are collected in the 5th volume of Muratori; and among these we may distinguish the poems of William Appulus (p. 245 - 278) and the history of Galfridus (Jeffrey) Malaterra, (p. 537 - 607). Both were natives of France, but they wrote on the spot, in the age of the first conquerors (before A.D. 1100), and with the spirit of freemen. It is needless to recapitulate the compilers and critics of Italian history, Sigonius, Baronius, Pagi, Giannone, Muratori, St. Marc, etc., whom I have always consulted, and never copied.

Note by the Rev. H. H. Milman 1782 (Written), 1845 (Revised)— M. Goutier d'Arc has discovered a translation of the Chronicle of Aime, monk of Mont Cassino, a contemporary of the first Norman invaders of Italy. He has made use of it in his Histoire des Conquetes des Normands, and added a summary of its contents. This work was quoted by later writers, but was supposed to have been entirely lost.

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