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Baker, David [name in religion Augustine] (1575–1641), Benedictine monk and mystical writer, was born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, on 9 December 1575, the thirteenth and youngest child of William Baker (d. 1606), receiver-general of the barony of Abergavenny and recorder of the borough—two positions which at this time were virtually hereditary in the ...

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Dene, Peter (d. in or after 1334), canon lawyer and monk, no doubt derived from one of the villages called Dean in Sussex. A secular priest of the Chichester diocese, he began to acquire benefices in Sussex by the late 1280s and, later, benefices elsewhere. By 1287 ...

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Eadwig [Eadui] Basan (fl. c. 1020), Benedictine monk and scribe, is identified by himself in the gospel book Hanover, Kestner Museum, MS W. M. XXIa, 36, in which he added a colophon to the end of John's gospel: 'Do not disdain, Father, to pour forth a prayer for the scribe. The monk ...

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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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Foliot, Gilbert (c. 1110–1187), Benedictine monk and bishop of London, was the son of Agnes de Chesney, sister of Robert de Chesney, bishop of Lincoln, 1148–66, and her husband, who was possibly Robert Foliot, steward of David I, king of Scots, when David...

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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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Huddleston, John (1608–1698), Benedictine monk, was born at Farington Hall, Leyland, Lancashire, in April 1608, the second son of Joseph Huddleston of Farington Hall and Hutton John, Greystoke, Cumberland, and his wife, Eleanor Sisson, second daughter of Cuthbert Sisson of Kirkbarrow, Westmorland, '...

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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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Pickering, Thomas (1621?–1679), Benedictine monk and victim of the Popish Plot, was probably born in 1621 as a member of the Pickering family of the barony of Kendal in Westmorland. His father was killed during the civil wars. He made his profession as a lay brother of ...