E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Our oldest historian is the Venerable Bede, who wrote in Latin an Ecclesiastical History of very great merit (672735). Of secular historians, William of Poitiers, who wrote in Latin The Gests or Deeds of William, Duke of Normandy and King of the English (10201088). His contemporary was Ingulphus, who wrote a history of Croyland Abbey (10301109). The oldest prose work in Early English is Sir John Mandevilles account of his Eastern travels in 1356.
The Father of History. Herodotos the Greek historian (B.C. 484408). So called by Cicero.
The Father of Ecclesiastical History. Eusebius of Cæsara (264340).
Father of French History. André Duchesne (15841640).
Father of Historic Painting. Polygnotos of Thas (flourished B.C. 463435).