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Faricius (d. 1117), doctor and abbot of Abingdon, was a native of Italy. Born in Arezzo, he became the foremost physician in England, a man of letters, a powerfully effective monastic reformer and administrator, and one of the most highly regarded servants of ...

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Rahere [Rayer] (d. 1143x5), founder of St Bartholomew's Hospital and priory, London, was of unknown origins. The one authoritative source for his life, Liber fundacionis ecclesiae Sancti Bartholomei Londoniensis written some forty years after his death but existing only in a fifteenth-century text, describes '...