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Henry's new men are considered by historians to be those men that rose to prominence during the reign of Henry I of England (reigned 1100-1135) and whose families had not previously been prominent in royal service.
Although the use of the actual phrase "new men" dates from the writings of William Stubbs around 1874, the group of men was first singled out in the writings of writers contemporary with the men. The chronicler Orderic Vitalis in his Historia Ecclesiastica said that Henry had "enobled others of base stock who had served him well, raised them, so to say, from the dust, and heaping all kinds of favours on them, stationed them above earls and famous constables." Orderic went on to mention a number of men that he considered "new men".
Crouch, D. (1982). "Geoffrey de Clinton and Roger, Earl of Warwick: New Men and Magnates in the Reign of Henry I". Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research. 55: 113-124. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2281.1982.tb01151.x.