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Cheriton, Odo of (1180s–1246), author and scholar, was born in Kent in the 1180s, into a wealthy Anglo-Norman family originally settled at Cheriton near Folkestone by a founding Odo, recorded as being kin to the then archbishop of Canterbury. His father, William of Cheriton...

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James, Montague Rhodes (1862–1936), college head, scholar, and author, was born at Goodnestone in Kent on 1 August 1862, the fourth and youngest child of Herbert James (1822–1909) and his wife of fifteen years, Mary Emily Horton (1818–1898). When Monty (as he was familiarly known) was three years old his father, a high-minded country parson, became rector of ...

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Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) by Sir Gerald Kelly, 1936 © reserved; collection Eton College; © reserved in the photograph

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Lewis, Clive Staples (1898–1963), writer and scholar, was born in Belfast on 29 November 1898, the younger son of Albert James Lewis, a local solicitor, and his wife, Florence Augusta Flora, daughter of the Revd Thomas Hamilton. She had been a graduate of ...

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Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) by Arthur Strong, 1947 © Arthur Strong / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Quennell, Sir Peter Courtney (1905–1993), writer and editor, was born on 9 March 1905 at 9 The Avenue, Bickley, Bromley, Kent, the eldest of the three children of Charles Henry Bourne Quennell (1872–1935), architect, author, and social historian, and his wife, Marjorie Quennell (1883–1972)...

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Sayers [married name Fleming], Dorothy Leigh (1893–1957), writer and scholar, was born on 13 June 1893 in the old Choir House at 1 Brewer Street, Oxford, the only child of the Revd Henry Sayers (1854–1928) and his wife, Helen Mary, née Leigh (1856–1929)...

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Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893–1957) by Sir William O. Hutchison, c. 1949–50 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Talbot, Catherine (1721–1770), author and scholar, was born on 21 May 1721 in Berkshire, the posthumous and only child of Edward Talbot (1690/91–1720), archdeacon of Berkshire and preacher of the Rolls, and his wife, Mary (c.1691–1784), daughter of George Martin, prebendary of ...