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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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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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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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Brompton, John (fl. 1436–c. 1464), abbot of Jervaulx and supposed chronicler, was educated at Oxford, and was elected abbot of the Cistercian foundation of Jervaulx, Yorkshire, in 1436, holding that office until c.1464. He was claimed as the author of a very substantial chronicle, printed in ...

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Burton, Thomas (d. 1437), chronicler and abbot of Meaux, was the author of the most authoritative Cistercian chronicle to be written in late medieval England. The place of his birth, and the details of his early life are unknown. Although the continuator of his chronicle described him as 'well educated', there is no evidence that he studied at a university. Late in the fourteenth century he became a monk at ...

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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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Clyn, John (d. 1349?), Franciscan friar and annalist, is said by John Bale and James Ussher to have been born in Leinster. There is a Clinstown near Kilkenny, and variant spellings of the surname Clyn can be found in the Kilkenny area. The same name can also be found in the ...

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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 ...

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Cotton, Bartholomew (d. 1321/2), chronicler and Benedictine monk, was probably a native of Cotton, near Stowmarket, Suffolk. He became a monk of Norwich some time before 1282–3, when he first occurs in the priory records. He is recorded as master of the cellar in 1282–4, and in connection with some priory business in 1288/9. The latest entry, in 1321/2, establishes the date of his death; it records payment by the chamberlain to the bearer of the brief giving notice of that event....

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Damerham [Domerham], Adam of (d. in or after 1291?), Benedictine monk and chronicler, was presumably born at Damerham, Hampshire, one of the abbey's manors. He probably professed at Glastonbury when Michael of Amesbury was abbot (1235–52). The chronicle attributed to Adam, the Libellus de rebus gestis Glastoniensibus...

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Devizes, Richard of (c. 1150–c. 1200), Benedictine monk and chronicler, was a monk of the cathedral priory of St Swithun, Winchester. The convent is thinly documented in his time, and the details of his life are largely inferential. Nothing is known of his family, but his name connects him with ...

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Diceto, Ralph de (d. 1199/1200), chronicler and ecclesiastic, is of unknown origins. His surname has given rise to much discussion; William Stubbs pronounced it 'an artificial name, adopted by its bearer as the Latin name of a place with which he was associated, but which had no proper Latin name of its own' (...

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Eversden, John (fl. 1294–1315), Benedictine monk and chronicler, derived his surname from either Great Eversden or Little Eversden, villages near Caxton in Cambridgeshire. At an unknown date he became a monk of Bury St Edmunds, and by 1294 was kitchener and by 1296 cellarer, holding the latter office for about twenty years. The thirteenth-century chronicle of ...

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Forbes, Robert (bap. 1708, d. 1775), Jacobite annalist and Scottish Episcopal bishop of Ross and Caithness, was baptized on 4 May 1708 at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, the second child and only son of Charles Forbes (d. 1715?), schoolmaster, and his wife, Marjory Wright...

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Gardiner, Thomas (b. c. 1479, d. after 1528/9), Benedictine monk and chronicler, was born in London. He is first recorded in 1493/4, when he became a monk in Westminster Abbey. He was then probably about fifteen years old. He studied at Oxford in 1497–9 (probably living at ...

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Glastonbury, John of (fl. c. 1400), Benedictine monk and chronicler, is known for certain only as the author of the Cronica sive antiquitates Glastoniensis ecclesie, a history of his abbey, Glastonbury, from the legendary foundation of the first church by St Joseph of Arimathea...

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Godel, Guillaume (supp. fl. 1145–1173), supposed Cistercian monk and chronicler, is the name given in the past to the author of a universal history whose colophon mistakenly describes him as a monk of St Martial at Limoges. The only surviving text (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS Lat. 4893...