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Boniface [St Boniface] (672x5?–754), archbishop of Mainz, missionary, and martyr, is unusually well documented for a man of the early eighth century. One life was written about him by Willibald in Mainz before 769, and other lives followed in the course of the eighth and ninth centuries. He was also the major figure in the lives of numerous of his followers, notably in those of ...

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John Fisher [St John Fisher] (c. 1469–1535) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Fisher, John [St John Fisher] (c. 1469–1535), bishop of Rochester, cardinal, and martyr, was born at Beverley, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Fisher, a mercer of Beverley, and his wife, Agnes. In the early 1480s he went up to Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1488, aged about twenty, and proceeded MA in 1491. Having become a fellow of ...

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O'Healy [O'Hely], Patrick (d. 1579), Roman Catholic bishop of Mayo and martyr, may have been from Dromahair, co. Leitrim, or have been a member of the friary there. Having already taken his vows as a Franciscan, he arrived in Rome from Ireland in 1562, where he impressed the minister-general of the Observant Franciscans with his piety and intelligence. ...

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O'Hurley, Dermot (c. 1530–1584), Roman Catholic archbishop of Cashel and martyr, the son of William O'Hurley, gentleman, and his wife, Honora O'Brien, was born near Emly, co. Tipperary. At a later date, following his father's acquisition of the estate, he moved to Lickadoon Castle, co. Limerick...