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Bishop, Edmund (1846–1917), liturgical scholar and ecclesiastical historian, was born at Bridgetown, in Berry Pomeroy, near Totnes, Devon, on 17 May 1846, the youngest child of Michael Bishop (1802–1851), an innkeeper, and his wife, Susanna Quick (1804–1863). He had his early schooling in the grammar school at ...

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Farnborough scholars (act. 1896–1945), ecclesiastical historians and liturgists, owe their name to Farnborough Abbey, Hampshire. Dubbed 'the book factory', it was home in the early twentieth century to a remarkable group of Roman Catholic Benedictine scholars under the leadership of Abbot Fernand Cabrol...

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Flete, John (c. 1398–1466), prior and historian of Westminster Abbey, said his first mass in 1422–3, two years after entering the monastery, and was probably about twenty-four, the canonical age for ordination to the priesthood, at the time. The name may be a toponym adopted on entry into the monastery, or his family name; if the latter, membership of one of the ...

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Griffith [alias Alford], Michael (1584/5–1652), Jesuit and ecclesiastical historian, was born of Catholic parents, possibly named John and Mabel Griffith, in London. In 1596, aged eleven, he was briefly imprisoned on his way to the English Jesuit school at St Omer, Flanders...

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Hastings, Adrian Christopher (1929–2001), theologian and church historian, was born on 23 June 1929 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, the fifth of the six children of William George Warren Hastings (1881–1952), lawyer, and his wife, Hazel Mary, née Daunais (1897–1993) [see Hastings, Hazel Mary...

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Knowles, Michael Clive [name in religion David] (1896–1974), Benedictine monk and historian of monasticism, was born at Eastfield, Studley, in Warwickshire, on 29 September 1896, the only surviving child of Herbert Henry (Harry) Knowles (1865–1944) and his wife, Caroline Morgan. His father was partner in ...

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Malone, Sylvester (1822–1906), ecclesiastical historian, born in the parish of Kilmally, co. Clare, was the son of Jeremiah Malone and his wife, Mary Slattery. He was educated for the priesthood and was ordained in 1854. Having served as curate at Cooraclare, Kilkee, and ...

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Martin, Roger (1526/7–1615), recusant and memoirist, was born between 3 August 1526 and 3 August 1527. He was the eldest son of Richard Martin, esquire (d. c.1573), and his first wife, Anne (d. 1528), daughter of Thomas Eden of London...

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Morris, John (1826–1893), Jesuit and ecclesiastical historian, was born at Ootacamund, in the Nilgiri hills, southern India, on 4 July 1826. He was the eldest of the fifteen children of John Carnac Morris (1798–1858) and Rosanna Curtis (1803–1894), second daughter of Peter Cherry...

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Reading, Robert (d. 1317), Benedictine monk and historian of Westminster Abbey, wrote part of his house's continuation of the Flores historiarum of Matthew Paris. Reading is mentioned in the infirmarer's accounts in 1294 and 1298, in the list of monks imprisoned on suspicion of robbing the king's treasury in 1303, in the ...

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Taunton, Ethelred Luke (1857–1907), ecclesiastical historian, born at Rugeley, Staffordshire, on 17 October 1857, was the youngest son of Thomas Taunton (b. c.1808), of Rugeley, and his wife, Mary Clarke. In 1868 he was sent to the Benedictine college at Downside...

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Vermes, Geza (1924–2013), historian of ancient Judaism, was born on 22 June 1924 in Makó, in south-eastern Hungary, the only child of Ernõ Vermes (1877–1944), journalist, editor, and poet, and his second wife, Terézia, née Riesz (1895–1944), schoolteacher. Both his parents died in ...

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Ward, Wilfrid Philip (1856–1916), biographer and ecclesiastical historian, was born on 2 January 1856, the sixth surviving child and second son of the philosopher William George Ward (1812–1882) and his wife, Frances, née Wingfield (1816/17–1898), the daughter of an Anglican clergyman, John Wingfield (1760–1825)...