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Jocelin of Brakelond
The author of the Cronica left little of his own history. A native of Bury, Jocelin entered the Benedictine monastery at Bury-St.-Edmunds in 1173, the year in which his chronicle of the monastery begins. When his novice-master, Samson of Totlington, became abbot nine years later, Jocelin was named chaplain and held several posts in the monastery. He is thought to have died sometime after 1215, the year of the last known public reference to him. Cronica ends with the death of Samson (1212); the history inspired one of Carlyle's essays.
Jocelin may also have been the author of Electio hugonis (The Election of Hugh), the story of the choosing of Samson's successor, Hugh of Northwold, and of the monastery's dispute with King John.
Karen Rae Keck
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