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Ambroise (fl. 1188–1195), crusader and historian, was a Norman, possibly from the region of Évreux. His Estoire de la guerre sainte is a unique vernacular eyewitness account of the third crusade, and perhaps 'the best source for the crusade of Richard' (...

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Basset, Peter (fl. 1415–1437), soldier and historian, was co-author of an incomplete account in French of English activities in France between the capture of Harfleur in 1415 and the raising of the siege of Orléans in May 1429. Only one manuscript of this work is known, in ...

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Bell, Donald Simpson (1890–1916), schoolteacher, footballer, and soldier, was born in Harrogate, North Riding of Yorkshire, on 3 December 1890, the youngest son and fifth of the eight children of Smith Bell (b. 1860), a butcher, and his wife, Annie, née Simpson (...

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John Bourchier, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533) attrib. Ambrosius Benson, c. 1521–6 Galerie Jan der Maere

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Bourchier, John, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator, was the son of Sir Humphrey Bourchier (d. 1471) and Elizabeth (d. 1497), daughter and sole heir of Frederick Tilney of Boston, Lincolnshire. His father, a Yorkist, was killed at the battle of ...

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Chamberlayne, Thomas (fl. 1609–1638), soldier and expert on Russia, began his eighteen-year military career as a sentinel and rose to the rank of captain; nothing is known about his birth, family, or education. In 1609, with the approval of the English government, he assisted ...

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James Crichton [the Admirable Crichton] (1560–1582) by unknown artist The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Crichton, James [called the Admirable Crichton] (1560–1582), rhetorician and soldier, was born on 19 August 1560, probably at Eliock near Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, the son of Robert Crichton (d. 1582), lawyer.

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Gainsford, Thomas (bap. 1566, d. 1624), soldier and historian, from a Surrey gentry family, was baptized on 16 December 1566, the son of Henry Gainsford (d. 1574), London goldsmith, and his wife, Mary Johnson. Gainsford has often been confused with other members of the ...

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Lawton, Harold Walter (1899–2005), soldier and French scholar, was born on 27 July 1899 at 28 Grove Street, Burslem, Staffordshire, the son of William Thomas Coates Lawton, potter's tile fixer, and later owner of a tile-laying and mosaics business, and his wife, Alice, ...

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Scott, Walter, of Satchells (b. 1613, d. in or after 1688), soldier and genealogist, was the son of Robert Scott of Satchells, Roxburghshire, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Sir Robert Scott of Thirlestane, and the great-grandson of Walter Scott of Sinton and ...

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Symonds, Richard (bap. 1617, d. 1660), royalist soldier and antiquary, was baptized at Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex, on 12 June 1617, the eldest son of Edward Symonds (d. 1636) and his wife, Anne (d. 1641), the daughter of Joshua Draper...

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Richard Symonds (bap. 1617, d. 1660) by unknown engraver The College of Arms

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Whitehorne [Whithorne], Peter (fl. 1549–1563), soldier and translator, described himself on the title-pages of his books as both a student and 'fellow' of Gray's Inn, and was probably the P. Whytame who was admitted to that institution in 1543. Like many men of his generation he was drawn to ...

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