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Ferrerio, Giovanni [Joannes Ferrerius] (1502–1579), historian and humanist writer, was born on 25 March 1502 in Riva di Chieri, near Turin, the son of Martino Ferrerio and Caterina Finelli. His father was distantly related to the episcopal family of Ivrea and Vercelli, but ...

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Livio, Tito, dei Frulovisi [Titus Livius Forojuliensis] (fl. 1429–1456), humanist and historian, was born in Ferrara, probably after 1400. Educated in Venice and Padua, he became a notary but by 1429 he was running a school in Venice in the parish of San Basso...

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(Henry) Colin Gray Matthew (1941–1999) by Judith Aronson, 1993 © Judith Aronson

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Matthew, (Henry) Colin Gray (1941–1999), historian and founding editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, was born at 31 Island Bank Road, Inverness, on 15 January 1941, the eldest child of Henry Johnston Scott Matthew (1914–1997), consultant physician, and his wife, Joyce Mary (Maisie) McKendrick (1915–2010)...

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Paris, Matthew (c. 1200–1259), historian, Benedictine monk, and polymath, reveals very little about his own life and personal circumstances. This is disappointing as well as ironical, considering his compulsive concern to collect and record information relating to the events and affairs of his own time, and his acute inquisitiveness concerning times past. Even his parentage, nationality, and social origins remain uncertain....

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Matthew Paris (c. 1200–1259) manuscript drawing The British Library

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Pugh, Ralph Bernard (1910–1982), historian and editor of the Victoria History of the Counties of England, was born on 1 August 1910 in Sutton, Surrey, the only child of Bernard Carr Pugh (1859–1940), journalist, and his wife, Mabel Elizabeth (or Elizabeth Mabel) Pugh (1869?–1943)...