William of Newburgh was born in Bridlington, Yorkshire in 1135. As a young man he joined the Augustinian priory at Newburgh. William's book, History of English Affairs, covers the period 1066 to 1197. William, unlike most historians of the time, tried very hard to write unbiased history. However, as he never left Newburgh priory he had to rely on what visitors told him. William of Newburgh died in about 1208.