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Abudacnus, Josephus (fl. 1595–1643), scholar of oriental languages, was born in Cairo. His parents were Copts, his father probably connected with the Ottoman administration. His Arabic name, Yusuf ibn Abu Dhaqn, was Latinized as Josephus Abudacnus (or Barbatus). In 1595, after a rudimentary education in ...

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Alice, Princess [Princess Alice of Battenberg; married name Princess Andrew of Greece] (1885–1969), Greek Orthodox nun and mother-in-law of Elizabeth II, was born (in the presence of Queen Victoria, her great-grandmother) on 25 February 1885 at Windsor Castle. Named Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julie Marie...

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Alphery, Mickepher [Mikifor Olferyevich Grigoryev] (d. 1668), Church of England clergyman, was asserted by John Walker to have been descended from the Russian imperial line and sent to England by John Bedell, a Russian merchant, to be educated at Oxford, when his and his brothers' lives were in danger from a powerful faction in ...

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Angelus, Christopher [Christopheros Angelos] (d. 1638), writer, was born in the Peloponnese. He seems to have become a monk at an early age and, after touring Greece in search of teachers, went to study at the short-lived and recently founded academy in Athens...

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Anrep, Boris Vasilyevich, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969), mosaicist, came of a noble Russian family. He was born on 28 September 1883 in St Petersburg, the son of Vasily Konstantinovich von Anrep (1852–1927), a doctor who became the minister of education for ...

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Boris Vasilyevich Anrep, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969) by Pierre Roy, 1949 [Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 boulevard Arago] © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London, 2010; photograph Tate, London, 2004

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Antonius, George Habib (1891–1942), colonial official, historian, and political activist, was born on 19 October 1891 in Dair al-Qamar, a small town in the Lebanese mountains, the third of five sons of Habib Antonius (d. 1931), a merchant, and his wife, Émilie Hobeika (...

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See Baker, Philip John Noel-, Baron Noel-Baker

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Beriosova, Svetlana (1932–1998), ballet dancer, was born on 24 September 1932 at Kaunas, Lithuania, the daughter of Nicholas Beriozoff (1906–1996), dancer and ballet master, then a member of the Lithuanian State Ballet, and his first wife, Maria (d. 1941). Her grandparents had migrated to ...

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Svetlana Beriosova (1932–1998) by Baron, 1954 [ and Michael Somes (1917-1994), in Rinaldo and Armida] Corbis