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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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Cunningham, Joseph Davey (1812–1851), army officer in the East India Company and historian, was born in Lambeth on 9 June 1812, the eldest son of Allan Cunningham (1784–1842), Scottish poet and author, and his wife, Jean, née Walker (1791–1864). Among his brothers were ...

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Cust, Sir Edward, baronet (1794–1878), army officer, historian, and politician, sixth son of Brownlow Cust, first Baron Brownlow (1744–1807), and his second wife, Frances (1756–1847), née Bankes, and brother of John Cust, first Earl Brownlow, was born at 30 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London...

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Sir (Frederick) William Dampier Deakin (1913–2005) by Bassano, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deakin, Sir (Frederick) William Dampier [Bill] (1913–2005), special operations officer, historian, and college head, was born on 3 July 1913 at 30 Temple Gardens, Golders Green, London, the elder son of Albert Whitney Deakin, motor engineer and farmer, and his wife, Bertha Mildred, ...

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Duff, James Cuninghame Grant (1789–1858), army officer in the East India Company and historian, was born on 8 July 1789 in Banff, the eldest son of John Grant (d. 1799) of Kincardine O'Neil and Margaret Miln Duff (d. 1824) of Eden...

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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author, was born on 11 February 1915 at 20 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the younger child and only son of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880–1954), geologist, and his first wife, Muriel Aileen (otherwise Eileen or Æileen), ...

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Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) by Joan Leigh Fermor, 1946 © Patrick Fermor Archive, Trustees of the National Library of Scotland

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Fraser, Sir David William (1920–2012), army officer, historian, and novelist, was born on 30 December 1920 at Far End, Camberley, Surrey, the elder son of William Fraser (1890–1964), then a major in the Gordon Highlanders, later a brigadier in the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, ...