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Alford, Agnes (b. c. 1523, d. after 1587), Catholic recusant and book smuggler, is of unknown family origins. As early as 1538 she was married to Augustine de Augustinis (c. 1500?–1551), a Venetian-born medical doctor living in England. Her husband’s early career—first as personal physician to Cardinal ...

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Carter, Henry [Harry] (1749–1829), smuggler and Methodist preacher, was born early in 1749 at Pengersick, Germoe parish, near Breage, Cornwall, the seventh of ten children of Francis Carter (bap. 1712, d. 1774), smallholder and miner, and Annice Williams (1714–1784). Henry (always known as ...

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Eustace the Monk (c. 1170–1217) drawing [far right] Master and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

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Eustace the Monk (c. 1170–1217), Benedictine monk, sea captain, and pirate, was the son of Baudoin Busket, a lord of the county of Boulogne. According to his biography, Eustace studied black magic in Toledo, returned home to become a monk at the abbey of ...

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Punt, William (fl. 1548–1563), polemicist and book smuggler, emerged from obscurity in 1548 as the author of A New Dialoge called the Endightment agaynste Mother Messe. This work proved to be popular (three editions were published in two months), perhaps because it skilfully drew on the work of major evangelical writers such as ...