Mathew Paris, a Benedictine of the monastery of St.Allan's, stands in the first rank of our monkish historians. He was no inconsiderable poet and orator for the time in which he flourished; and is said to have understood Painting, architecture, and the Mathemaics. He was the Author of the "Historia Major," and “Historia Minor.” which is an abridgment of the former; to which is prefixed his portrait. He is censured for a mixture of fable in his History, but this censure affects the character of the
age, rather than that of the Author. Mathew Paris gives us the most particular History of the Wandering Jew that is to be found in any author. He received this account from an American Archbishop, and one of his domestics, who were here in the reign of Henry IIl.and who affirmed that they had their relation from the Wanderer himself. It is to be concluded hence, that there was such an Impostor, and that be well acted his part.