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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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Æthelweard [Ethelwerd] (d. 998?), chronicler and magnate, was ealdorman of south-western England. He styled himself 'Patricius Consul Fabius Quaestor', a latinization of 'Æthel-/ealdorman/Fabius/-weard'. He was the father of Æthelmær, grandfather of one Æthelweard and grandfather-in-law of another: all also ealdormen, and two of the same south-western ealdormanry as ...

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Arnold, Richard (d. c. 1521), merchant and chronicler, was a citizen of London, resident in the parish of St Magnus the Martyr, who seems to have made his living primarily by trading with Flanders. Nothing is known of his parentage. In 1473 he was an executor of the will of ...

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Baker, Geoffrey le (fl. 1326–1358), chronicler, was born in Swinbrook in Oxfordshire. He is noteworthy as the author of two chronicles. The smaller of these, the Chroniculum, begins in primordio temporis and ends on 20 July 1347, with a colophon revealing Baker's name and ...

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Bale, Robert (b. c. 1410, d. in or after 1473), chronicler, was, according to John Bale (d. 1563), a lawyer, public notary, and judge in civil cases in London, as well as being a chronicler of London affairs. He was probably the ...

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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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Beverley, Alfred of (d. 1154x7?), chronicler, was sacrist and treasurer of Beverley Minster, witnessing charters in favour of the town of Beverley, the nearby religious houses at Bridlington, Warter, and Watton, and the more distant Rufford, between about 1135 and 1154. Little more is known about him outside his own writings, the late fourteenth-century ...

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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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Chambre, William (fl. 1365?), supposed narrator of an account of Richard Bury, bishop of Durham, is recorded as its originator in only one of the three surviving copies preserved by the monks of Durham, all of the late fourteenth or early fifteenth century. In this copy, BL, Cotton MS Titus A.ii, fols. 132 and 133...

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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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Coventry, Walter of (fl. 1293), chronicler, is the name traditionally given to the historical compiler of the composite narrative found in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 175 which extends from the time of Brutus to the reign of Edward I. A note in that manuscript attributes the narrative to 'brother ...

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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...