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Adams, Mary (supp. fl. 1652), self-proclaimed virgin mother, is a fiction whose existence rests in the creation of one pamphlet formed around her alleged misdeeds and blasphemies. This work is called The Ranters Monster and was printed in London for George Horton in March 1652. ...

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Gheeraerts, Marcus, the elder (b. c. 1520/21, d. in or after 1586), painter and etcher, was born in Bruges, Flanders, the son of Egbert Gheeraerts, painter, who joined the Guild of St Luke at Bruges in 1516, at which date he was apparently childless, and ...

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Niclaes, Hendrik [Henry Nicholas] (1502–c. 1580), founder of the Family of Love, was born on 10 January 1502. His birthplace cannot be identified, but the language in which he wrote, Western Low German, indicates the area of the present German–Dutch border extending from ...

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Scott [Scot], Reginald (d. 1599), writer on witchcraft, was the first son of Richard Scott (d. before 1544), landowner, of Scott's Hall, Kent, and his wife, Mary (d. 1582), daughter of George Whetenall of Hextall's Place, Kent. After his father's death his mother married ...

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Vittels [Vitell], Christopher (fl. 1543–1579), religious separatist leader, was thought by John Rogers, a later adversary, to have originated in Delft, Netherlands, where he was in 1543. At some point he joined the Family of Love, a mystical religious fellowship founded in Amsterdam...