Alexander Essebiensis

Alexander Essebiensis (Latin, Alexander of Ashby, or of Esseby) was a celebrated English theologian and poet, who flourished about the year 1220. Scarcely anything is known of his history, except that he appears to have been prior of Canons Ashby, in Northamptonshire. Some writers make him a native of Somersetshire; others of Staffordshire; and some have confounded him with Alexander Necham.

He wrote various theological and historical works in prose, particularly a chronicle of England, which are still found scattered in manuscripts. His poetry, in which he sought to imitate Ovid and Ausonius, is much praised by Bale. Amongst other poems, we may enumerate one in elegiacs, giving a description of all the saints' days throughout the year, with lives of the saints who were celebrated on each; a metrical compendium of Bible History; and a Life of St. Agnet.

A further account of Alexander's works will be found in Tanner's Bibliotheca, and in Leyser's Hist. Poet. Med. Ævi.


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