Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (historical record maintained between the 9th and 12th century)

“Alas! how false and how unstable is this world’s wealth! He who was before a powerful king, and lord of many a land, had then of all his land only a portion of seven feet; and he who was whilom decked with gold and with gems, lay then covered over with mould!”

  • The chroniclers wrote this quote after reporting the death of William the Conqueror in their entry for the year 1087. For this quote picture, the Cambridge University Press’ 2012 reprint of Benjamin Thorpe’s 1861 translation was used.

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