The Green Children of Woolpit

By Marion Wijnberg

There are two historians with their own version of the tale about the Green Children of Woolpit. One of the historians is Ralph of Coggeshall and the other is William of Newburgh. Ralph claimed to have heard the story first hand from Richard de Caine himself and wrote about it in 1189 called the Chronicon Anglicanum. Ralph and William have their own version of the story, but the underlying tale is the same. William was a monk and historian and his version was only published around 1220. Supposedly he had sources that were trustworthy when remembering the tale of the green children of Woolpit.