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Charite, William (1422–c. 1502), compiler of monastic records and prior of Leicester, embraced the religious life at the age of eighteen, in 1440 entering the large Augustinian abbey of St Mary de Pratis in Leicester, where he was subsequently to become prior. By 1482, when the abbot and convent ordained an episcopal daily service in his honour, ...

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Gregory [Gregory of Huntingdon] (fl. c. 1300), prior of Ramsey and book collector, held the priorate of the Benedictine abbey at Ramsey some time before the mid-fourteenth, and probably in the late thirteenth, century. He appears as a donor of books in his abbey's surviving catalogue, compiled in the second quarter of the fourteenth century. Copies of this are extant in two fragments (LPL, MS 585, pp. 661–2 and 663–4, and BL, Cotton MS Rolls II.16), which list at least sixteen volumes (the relationship between the entries for ...

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Kirkestede, Henry (b. c. 1314, d. in or after 1378), prior of Bury St Edmunds and bibliographer, was known to early modern biographers as Bostonus Buriensis or John Boston of Bury. Kirkestede came from the Bury dependency of Kirstead (‘Kirkestede’ and ‘Kerkestede’...

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Tewkesbury, Alan of (b. before 1150, d. 1202), abbot of Tewkesbury and compiler of a manuscript collection, was successively canon of Benevento (1171?–1174); monk (1174–9), then prior (6 August 1179 – early June 1186) of the Benedictine monastery of Christ Church, Canterbury; and abbot (from June 1186) of the Benedictine abbey of ...