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Betson, Thomas (d. 1516), librarian, religious author, and compiler, is first recorded at Cambridge University, where he had studied civil law for two and a half years, canon law for two years, and practised for four years, when he was granted a grace in 1466–7 to proceed to the degree of BCnL. He was rector of ...

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Bracebridge [Brasbrigg], John (fl. c. 1420), priest and book collector, was a priest at the Bridgettine abbey of Syon, at Isleworth in Middlesex. He may be identifiable with the John Bracebrigge who was headmaster of Boston School from 1390, and of Lincoln School...

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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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Cok [Coke], John (c. 1393–c. 1468), Augustinian canon and compiler of the cartulary of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, came of unknown parentage. Autobiographical interjections in his writings provide most information on his life and work, the main source being the cartulary, in which he states that it was 'Compiled and written by brother ...

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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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Holes, Andrew (d. 1470), ecclesiastical administrator and book collector, was a younger son of Sir Hugh Holes of Cheshire. A Winchester scholar in 1408, he had become a scholar of New College, Oxford, by 1412, holding a fellowship from 1414 to 1420. By 1428 he was a bachelor in both laws; he lectured in ...

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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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Pyncebeke [Pyncebeck, Pinchbeck], Walter (fl. 1330–1339), Benedictine monk and archivist, presumably came from Pinchbeck in Lincolnshire. Nothing is known about his early career in Bury St Edmunds Abbey. However, on 2 July 1330 Edward III confirmed the abbey's liberties at his suit. He appears as a visiting monk in the accounts of the chamberlain's manor of ...

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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 ...