Rigord or Rigold was a native of Languedoc, where this name is found in the 13th century. He is possibly the Bernardus Rigordi whose name is in the necrology of the abbey of St. Denis under May 5. As he tells us he was already getting old in 1205, it has been inferred that he was born about 1 145 a.d. He was a physician before he became a member of St. Denys, somewhere about the year n 90, when he would have unequalled opportunities for collecting the material for the great work he had begun at least ten years before, at his abbot's request, he gave it to the world and presented a copy to the king himself early in 1196. He issued three editions of his work. These seem to have been issued about the years 1196, 1200, and 1206.


Archer (T. A.), The Crusade of Richard I, London, 1889.