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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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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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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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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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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...

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Greystones [Graystanes], Robert (b. before 1290, d. 1334), Benedictine monk and supposed chronicler. He may have been a member of the knightly Greystanes family who held land of the bishop of Durham in Morton Tinmouth, co. Durham. He made his profession as a ...

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Ranulf Higden (d. 1364) manuscript illumination [kneeling, left] © The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Higden, Ranulf (d. 1364), Benedictine monk and chronicler, appears to have been a Cheshire man, although little is known about his life. According to a colophon in one copy of his chronicle (Bodl. Oxf., MS Laud misc. 619) he entered the abbey of ...

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Hugh Candidus [Hugh Albus] (c. 1095–c. 1160), Benedictine monk and chronicler, wrote a history of Peterborough Abbey from its first foundation to the mid-twelfth century. His work, which survives entirely in texts incorporated in thirteenth-century cartularies, was edited and continued by later monks of the house, first anonymously shortly after his death, then by ...

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Ickham, Peter of (d. 1295), chronicler and Benedictine monk, doubtless took his name from the village of Ickham near Canterbury; he was a monk of Christ Church Cathedral priory, Canterbury, almost certainly by 1264, and remained there until his death on 4 May 1295. It is highly likely that he had a legal training, for seven of the ten books that passed from him to the cathedral's library were of law: three civil-law texts and four canon-law texts and commentaries. He acted in a judicial capacity for the cathedral priory in 1271 during an archiepiscopal vacancy. The library at ...

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Kirkstall, Hugh of (c. 1165–c. 1227), Cistercian monk and chronicler, was the author of the Narratio de fundatione of Fountains Abbey, and probable author of the foundation history of Kirkstall Abbey. Both these Cistercian houses were in Yorkshire. The Narratio contains two references to ...

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Marianus Scotus [Moelbrigte] (1028–1082), Benedictine monk and chronicler, was a native of Ireland. His true name was Moelbrigte, and he became a monk in 1052 at Moville, Down, during the abbacy of Tigernach Bairrech (d. 1061). Having left Ireland, he entered the Irish monastery of ...