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Bede [St Bede, Bæda, known as the Venerable Bede] (673/4–735), monk, historian, and theologian, in his Historia ecclesiastica (731) outlines his own life. Born in northern Northumbria, his relations put him in the monastery of Wearmouth at the age of seven. He transferred to the nearby sister house of ...

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Bever, John [John of London] (d. 1311?), Benedictine monk and historical writer, may have been a Londoner—in 1310 the archdeacon of Westminster was ordered to publish the excommunication for contumacy of 'Brother John of London, called Le Bevere' (Gransden, Continuations, 480, n. 40...

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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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Birchington, Stephen (d. 1407), Benedictine monk and historical writer, doubtless took his name from Birchington on the Isle of Thanet, Kent. He became a monk of the cathedral priory of Christ Church, Canterbury, in 1382. In the late 1390s he was one of the priory's two treasurers; in the opening years of the fifteenth century he held the senior post of warden of the priory's manors; and in 1404–5 he served as the prior's chaplain. He died on 21 August 1407, presumably at ...

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See Rishanger, William

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Brockie, Donald Andrew [name in religion Marianus] (1687–1755), Benedictine monk and historian, was born at Edinburgh on 2 December 1687, the son of George Brockie, a protestant, and Isabel (née Farquharson), a Catholic. The family moved to Arbroath, where George, a lawyer, was notary public and clerk of regality, and became a Catholic before his death in 1708. ...

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Caer-went, Gregory of (fl. 1237), Benedictine monk and supposed chronicler, was responsible for at least some of the annals compiled at St Peter's, Gloucester, covering the period from the foundation of the abbey to 1290. These survive only in the form of extracts transcribed by the antiquary ...

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Canterbury, Gervase of (b. c. 1145, d. in or after 1210), Benedictine monk, chronicler, and topographer, was a member of the cathedral priory of Christ Church, Canterbury, where he was professed by Archbishop Thomas Becket early in 1163. Becket also ordained him, but not necessarily on the same occasion, and on balance it is likely that ...

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Cirencester, Richard (b. before 1340, d. 1400), historian and Benedictine monk, was a historical writer and monk of the abbey of St Peter at Westminster. His surname may have been a toponym, indicating his place of origin, which he assumed on entering the monastery in 1354–5, or the established name of his family which happened to be of this kind. ...

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Coldingham, Geoffrey of (d. c. 1215), Benedictine monk, chronicler, and probably hagiographer, is described as sacrist of Coldingham Priory, Berwickshire, one of Durham Cathedral priory's dependent cells, in the rubric that heads three of the four fourteenth-century copies of the portion of the ...