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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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Bale, John (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian, was born to parents of humble means at the village of Cove, near Dunwich in Suffolk, on 21 November 1495.

Throughout his life, despite wide travels, Bale continually proclaimed his identity as a ...

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Bell [alias Burton], Thomas (b. c. 1551, d. in or after 1610), Roman Catholic priest and protestant polemicist, was born at Raskelf, near Thirsk, in Yorkshire. His parents are unknown, but he had several sisters and brothers, one of whom was later a merchant at ...

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Brinklow [Brinkelow], Henry [pseud. Roderyck or Roderigo Mors] (d. 1545/6), polemicist, was apparently the eldest of nine children of Robert Brinklow, a farmer of Kintbury, Berkshire (d. 1543), and his wife, Sibyl or Isabell Butler (d. in or before 1545)...

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Buckenham, Robert (fl. c. 1523–1539), Catholic polemicist and prior of Cambridge, took at Cambridge the degrees of BTh about 1523 and DTh in 1530–31. He is also said to have studied in Bologna in 1526, being sent back to England the following year. Early in January 1530, after ...

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Care, Henry (1646/7–1688), writer and polemicist, was nicknamed Harry and known as Ingenious; he spelt his surname Care, rather than Carre, Carr, Carey, Cave, or Cane, as it sometimes appeared, but no evidence links him to others called Care of the era. Nothing is known of his parents, but an unidentified uncle was a friend of the whig printer ...

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Connelly, Pierce (1804–1883), apostate Episcopal priest and anti-Catholic pamphleteer, was born on 9 August 1804 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the eldest of four sons of Henry Connelly, a cabinet-maker, and his second wife, Elizabeth Pierce. He married Cornelia Peacock [see Connelly, Cornelia (1809-1879)...

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Constable, Henry (1562–1613), polemicist and poet, was born in Newark-on-Trent, the only child of Sir Robert Constable (d. 1591) and Christiana, daughter of John Dabridgecourt of Langdon Hall, Warwickshire, and widow of Anthony Forster. His family was distinguished: his grandfather Robert Constable...

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Corbet, John (1603–1641), religious polemicist and Church of Scotland and Church of Ireland minister, was probably born in the Gorbals, Glasgow, the son of William Corbet, a portioner of the city. He graduated MA from Glasgow University in 1623, and as 'a Person of Good learning' was subsequently employed as a schoolmaster at ...