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Eadmer

b. c.1055. Anglo-Saxon biographer and theologian. Placed as a boy in the monastery of Christchurch, he grew up there and ultimately became precentor. Meeting Anselm* because the archbishop of Canterbury was also ipso facto abbot of Christchurch, he became Anselm's secretary, chaplain, and constant companion during the latter's dispute with William II and Henry I, even sharing his exile. Eadmer's two books about Anselm deal respectively with his private life (Vita Anselmi) and the disputes (Vita Novorum in Anglia). The books naturally have an eyewitness character about them, and understandably Eadmer presents the issues at dispute in a light favorable to Anselm. The dispute was soon forgotten after the compromise settlement of 1107. Eadmer's writings include also biographies of Wilfred and Dunstan.