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Aldhelm [St Aldhelm] (d. 709/10), abbot of Malmesbury, bishop of Sherborne, and scholar, was a prolific Latin author whose idiosyncratic style of composition in the media of prose and verse, both metrical and rhythmical, was profoundly influential both in England and on the continent up to the Norman conquest. His life is moderately well documented: ...


Aldhelm [St Aldhelm] (d. 70910) drawing The British Library


Reid, Robert (d. 1558), Scottish Renaissance humanist, abbot of Kinloss, and Roman Catholic bishop of Orkney, was born at Aitkenhead in Clackmannan parish, son of John Reid of Aitkenhead, who was killed at Flodden in 1513, and Elizabeth Shanwell, sister of John, abbot of ...


Salisbury, John of (late 1110s–1180), scholar, ecclesiastical diplomat, and bishop of Chartres, was born at Old Sarum in Wiltshire. From the fact that he began his studies in Paris in 1136, it is likely that he was born some time in the second half of the second decade of the twelfth century. On one occasion (...