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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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Æthelweard [Ethelwerd] (d. 998?), chronicler and magnate, was ealdorman of south-western England. He styled himself 'Patricius Consul Fabius Quaestor', a latinization of 'Æthel-/ealdorman/Fabius/-weard'. He was the father of Æthelmær, grandfather of one Æthelweard and grandfather-in-law of another: all also ealdormen, and two of the same south-western ealdormanry as ...

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Arnold, Richard (d. c. 1521), merchant and chronicler, was a citizen of London, resident in the parish of St Magnus the Martyr, who seems to have made his living primarily by trading with Flanders. Nothing is known of his parentage. In 1473 he was an executor of the will of ...

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Baker, Geoffrey le (fl. 1326–1358), chronicler, was born in Swinbrook in Oxfordshire. He is noteworthy as the author of two chronicles. The smaller of these, the Chroniculum, begins in primordio temporis and ends on 20 July 1347, with a colophon revealing Baker's name and ...

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Bale, Robert (b. c. 1410, d. in or after 1473), chronicler, was, according to John Bale (d. 1563), a lawyer, public notary, and judge in civil cases in London, as well as being a chronicler of London affairs. He was probably the ...

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Bel, Jean le (c. 1290–1370), ecclesiastic and chronicler, was of noble rank, according to the chronicler Jean d'Outremeuse. He was born about 1290 into a patrician Liégeois family with important dynastic links to the more rurally based nobility. His father was the armigerous ...

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Benet, John (d. 1474), priest and chronicler, is differentiated from contemporaries of the same name by being vicar of Harlington, Bedfordshire, from 17 March 1443 to 1471 and then rector of Broughton, Huntingdonshire, from 4 October 1471 to his death some time before November 1474. He may have been one of two ...

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Beverley, Alfred of (d. 1154x7?), chronicler, was sacrist and treasurer of Beverley Minster, witnessing charters in favour of the town of Beverley, the nearby religious houses at Bridlington, Warter, and Watton, and the more distant Rufford, between about 1135 and 1154. Little more is known about him outside his own writings, the late fourteenth-century ...

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Binham, Simon (fl. c. 1350), Benedictine monk and chronicler, was probably born in East Anglia and became a member of the priory of Binham, Norfolk, one of the cells of the abbey of St Albans. He is first recorded as supporting his prior in resisting the unjust exactions of ...

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