Robert of Torigni

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Robert von Torigni or Thorigny (* around 1110 in Torigni-sur-Vire ; † June 24, 1186 ) was a Norman chronicler.


He entered the Abbey of Notre Dame du Bec as a Benedictine monk in 1128 and became its prior in 1149 . In 1154 he was elected Abbot of Mont-Saint-Michel .

Robert von Torigni read religious works as well as profane. Both as prior and as abbot he was more closely connected to the secular world than Ordericus Vitalis and Wilhelm von Jumièges , the two authors of the Gesta Normannorum Ducum . Robert's first essential work was the revision of the Gesta from 1139. He is the author of the appendices to the Chronicle of Sigebert von Gembloux , which covers the years from 385 to 1100. The Gesta Normannorum Ducum reported following the Chronicle Sigeberts over the years 1100 to 1186 and is of particular interest for the years 1154 to 1170.


  • Léopold Delisle (ed.): Chronique de Robert de Torigni, abbé du Mont-Saint-Michel . Le Brument, Rouen 1872/73 (2 vol.).
  • Robert Day, Mildred Leake Day (ed.): De ortu Waluuanii nepotis Arturi ("The rise of Gawain, nephew of Arthur"). Garland, New York 1984, ISBN 0-8240-9423-9