It was popular in the middle ages, hexameter abridgments being current under the names of Theodericus and Petrus Diaconus.
Other abridgments, not by Bower, were made about the same time, one about 1450 (perhaps by Patrick Russell, a Carthusian of Perth) preserved in the Advocates' library (MS. 35.6.
Yet Homilies and Recognitions are abridgments made on different principles and convey rather different impressions to their readers.
The Histoire went through many editions, being revised and augmented from time to time by Raynal; it was translated into the principal European languages, and appeared in various abridgments.
A second enlarged edition (16 vols.) was issued from 1787 to 1794, and was succeeded by many others, besides abridgments in German, French and English.