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Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1988 © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Berlin, Sir Isaiah (1909–1997), philosopher and historian of ideas, was born on 6 June 1909 in Riga, Latvia, then part of the Russian empire, the son of Mendel Borisovitch Berlin (1884–1953), a prosperous timber merchant whose main business was supplying wooden sleepers for the Russian railways, and his wife, ...

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Madariaga, Isabel Margaret de (1919–2014), historian, was born on 27 August 1919 at 7 Park Circus Place, Hillhead, Glasgow, the daughter of Salvador de Madariaga (1886–1978), writer and diplomatist, and his wife, Constance Helen Margaret, née Archibald (1878–1970), an economic historian of medieval France. Her father became the first ...

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Paris, Matthew (c. 1200–1259), historian, Benedictine monk, and polymath, reveals very little about his own life and personal circumstances. This is disappointing as well as ironical, considering his compulsive concern to collect and record information relating to the events and affairs of his own time, and his acute inquisitiveness concerning times past. Even his parentage, nationality, and social origins remain uncertain....

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Matthew Paris (c. 1200–1259) manuscript drawing The British Library