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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: ...

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Anselm [St Anselm] (c. 1033–1109), abbot of Bec and archbishop of Canterbury, was the most original and widely attractive theological and devotional writer in western Europe between St Augustine (c.400) and the author of The Imitation of Christ (c.1450)....

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Arundel [Fitzalan], Thomas (1353–1414), administrator and archbishop of Canterbury, was the third son of Richard (II) Fitzalan, third earl of Arundel and eighth earl of Surrey (c. 1313–1376), and his wife, Eleanor (d. 1372), the daughter of Henry, earl of Lancaster, and widow of ...

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Baines, Peter [name in religion Augustine] (1786–1843), vicar apostolic of the western district, was born on 25 June 1786 at Pear Tree Farm, Kirkby, near Liverpool, the elder son of James Baines, 'farmer and yeoman' (will, proved 1809, TNA: PRO...

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Baldwin [Baldwin of Forde] (c. 1125–1190), archbishop of Canterbury, was born in Exeter, probably the son of Hugh d'Eu, archdeacon of Totnes, and a woman of unknown name. This parentage is suggested by Baldwin's having succeeded to the archdeaconry of Totnes on Hugh's...

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Basset, Fulk (d. 1259), bishop of London, was the second son of Alan Basset (d. 1232) of Wycombe, one of the baronial allies of King John. His aristocratic connections were important throughout his career, and were enhanced in 1241 when the deaths in quick succession of his elder brother, ...

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Beaufort, Henry [called the Cardinal of England] (1375?–1447), bishop of Winchester and cardinal, was the second of four illegitimate children of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster (1340–1399), and Katherine Swynford (1350?–1403), daughter of the Hainaulter Sir Payn Roelt, who was governess to the duke's children [...

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Beck, George Andrew (1904–1978), Roman Catholic archbishop of Liverpool, was born on 28 May 1904 in Streatham, London, the second son of Fleet Street journalist Patrick Beck and his Irish wife, Louisa O'Keefe. He was educated at Clapham College and later at the Assumptionist ...

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Becket, Thomas [St Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London] (1120?–1170), archbishop of Canterbury, was a London merchant's son who rose to be royal chancellor then archbishop, only to be murdered in his cathedral church. His posthumous reputation as a saint and martyr, with enduring thaumaturgical powers, was considerable throughout western Christendom, and in ...

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Beckington [Bekynton], Thomas (1390?–1465), administrator and bishop of Bath and Wells, was the son of a weaver from Beckington, Somerset. He was admitted as a scholar to Winchester College in 1403, nominated a scholar of New College, Oxford, in 1406, and held a fellowship at ...