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Abingdon, Robert of [Robert Rich] (d. 1243), ecclesiastic and supposed hagiographer, was the younger brother of Edmund of Abingdon and his assistant in the administration of the diocese and province of Canterbury. He was the second son of Reginald the Rich and Mabel of Abingdon...

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Ailnoth [Ælnoth] (fl. c. 1085–c. 1122), Benedictine monk and hagiographer, was an Englishman, from Canterbury, who spent his ecclesiastical career in Denmark. He was perhaps prior of the community of St Cnut at Odense, which was founded in 1095 as a daughter house of the Benedictine abbey of ...

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Anselm (d. 1148), abbot of Bury St Edmunds and hagiographer, was the nephew of Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury (c.1033–1109), being the son of the latter's only sister and her husband, Burgundius. Anselm had discouraged Burgundius from joining him at Canterbury, but his nephew, a Benedictine, had been a monk at ...

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Ball, Thomas (1590–1659), hagiographer and Church of England clergyman, was born at Alberbury, Shropshire, of unknown parents. In 1613 he was appointed usher of a Mr Puller's school at Epping, Essex, and it was his employer's letter of recommendation which introduced him to ...

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Barking, Clemence of (fl. 1163–c. 1200), Benedictine nun and hagiographer, of Barking Abbey, was responsible for an Anglo-Norman life of St Catherine of Alexandria which is the only life of this saint known to have been written by a woman in medieval ...

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Beverley, Thomas of (d. after 1225), abbot of Froidment and hagiographer, presumably originated at Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Following the death of his father, Hulno (who may have had Hungarian connections), he became attached to the household of Thomas Becket...

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Bocking, Ralph (d. after 1272), Dominican friar and hagiographer, wrote a life of St Richard of Wyche, bishop of Chichester, whom he had known as a friend and served as confessor. Nothing is known of Bocking other than what he relates himself in the life of ...

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Bradshaw, Henry (d. 1513), scholar and hagiographer, was a Benedictine monk of the abbey of St Werburgh, Chester. He was probably professed in the mid-1490s since he was ordained subdeacon in 1499 and deacon and priest the following year. Although there is no evidence to corroborate ...

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Butler, Alban (1709–1773), Roman Catholic priest and hagiographer, was born on 13 October 1709, the second son of Simeon Butler of Appletree, Aston-le-Walls, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Henry Birch of Goscote, Walsall, Staffordshire. His nephew and biographer was Charles Butler (1750–1832)...

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Alban Butler (1709–1773) by unknown engraver, pubd 1781 © National Portrait Gallery, London