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Abell, Adam (1475x80?–1537?), Franciscan friar and chronicler, was born in Salt Preston, Haddingtonshire, but the names and occupations of his parents are not recorded and details of his early life are scant. What little is known is derived largely from his chronicle, ...

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Achilli, (Giovanni) Giacinto (b. c. 1803), Dominican priest, anti-Catholic polemicist, and seducer, was born in the village of Celleno, 18 miles from Viterbo, then in the Papal States. He joined the Dominican order in 1819, studied at the convent of the Minerva in ...

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(Giovanni) Giacinto Achilli (b. c. 1803) by unknown engraver, pubd 1850 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alban [St Albans], Roger (d. after 1461), genealogist, copyist, and Carmelite friar, was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and joined his order in London. He was ordained acolyte on 17 December 1401 and deacon on 19 December 1405. His name occurs as the copyist on three manuscripts, BL, Harley MS 3138 (dated 1424), Harley MS 211, and Stowe MS 8, and it has also been claimed that he copied BL, Stowe MS 38 and, in 1439, the anti-...

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Alnwick, Martin (d. 1336), Franciscan friar, theologian, and philosopher, doubtless came from Northumberland. Possibly the Martinus occasionally recorded as participating in Oxford disputations in the last years of the thirteenth century, he was certainly at Oxford by 1300, when he was among the friars presented to the bishop of ...

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Alnwick, William (c. 1275–1333), Franciscan friar and theologian, and bishop of Giovinazzo, took his name from Alnwick in Northumberland. The course of his later career suggests that he was born about 1275. Having become a Franciscan friar, he probably studied theology at his order's studium at ...

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Anderson [alias Munson], Lionel [name in religion Albert] (c. 1633–1710), Dominican friar, was born in Lincolnshire, the son of William Anderson of Castlethorpe and his wife, Jane Johnson. He was received into the Roman Catholic church in Lisbon, and made his way to ...

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Anian [Einion ab Ynyr] (d. 1293), Dominican friar and bishop of St Asaph, is described in the Welsh chronicle Brut y tywysogyon as 'the Black Friar of Nannau' (Brut: Peniarth MS 20, 121). The text lends credibility to a statement by ...

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Arthur, James (1587–1654), Dominican friar and theologian, was born into a wealthy Limerick merchant family. He was sent to Spain where in 1606 he entered the Irish secular college in Salamanca. Later he joined the Dominicans. He attended the University of Salamanca from 1610 to 1616 and began teaching there about 1616. Already in 1626 he was recommended to ...

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Ashburne, Thomas (fl. 1384), Carmelite friar, was a member of the order in Northampton in 1384 when he wrote a short poem in English 'On Despising the World', which was given the Latin title De contemptu mundi. This composition was in three parts, and described the situation of the world of his day, its twelve defects, the signs in the heavens, and the lack of religious devotion among rulers and their subjects. The poem existed in the Cotton Library, MS Vitellius F.xiii.1, but was unfortunately lost in the fire of 1731. ...