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Abingdon, Robert of [Robert Rich] (d. 1243), ecclesiastic and supposed hagiographer, was the younger brother of Edmund of Abingdon and his assistant in the administration of the diocese and province of Canterbury. He was the second son of Reginald the Rich and Mabel of Abingdon...

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Ailnoth [Ælnoth] (fl. c. 1085–c. 1122), Benedictine monk and hagiographer, was an Englishman, from Canterbury, who spent his ecclesiastical career in Denmark. He was perhaps prior of the community of St Cnut at Odense, which was founded in 1095 as a daughter house of the Benedictine abbey of ...

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Anselm (d. 1148), abbot of Bury St Edmunds and hagiographer, was the nephew of Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury (c.1033–1109), being the son of the latter's only sister and her husband, Burgundius. Anselm had discouraged Burgundius from joining him at Canterbury, but his nephew, a Benedictine, had been a monk at ...

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Ball, Thomas (1590–1659), hagiographer and Church of England clergyman, was born at Alberbury, Shropshire, of unknown parents. In 1613 he was appointed usher of a Mr Puller's school at Epping, Essex, and it was his employer's letter of recommendation which introduced him to ...

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Barking, Clemence of (fl. 1163–c. 1200), Benedictine nun and hagiographer, of Barking Abbey, was responsible for an Anglo-Norman life of St Catherine of Alexandria which is the only life of this saint known to have been written by a woman in medieval ...

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Beverley, Thomas of (d. after 1225), abbot of Froidment and hagiographer, presumably originated at Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Following the death of his father, Hulno (who may have had Hungarian connections), he became attached to the household of Thomas Becket...

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Bocking, Ralph (d. after 1272), Dominican friar and hagiographer, wrote a life of St Richard of Wyche, bishop of Chichester, whom he had known as a friend and served as confessor. Nothing is known of Bocking other than what he relates himself in the life of ...

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Bradshaw, Henry (d. 1513), scholar and hagiographer, was a Benedictine monk of the abbey of St Werburgh, Chester. He was probably professed in the mid-1490s since he was ordained subdeacon in 1499 and deacon and priest the following year. Although there is no evidence to corroborate ...

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Alban Butler (1709–1773) by unknown engraver, pubd 1781 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Butler, Alban (1709–1773), Roman Catholic priest and hagiographer, was born on 13 October 1709, the second son of Simeon Butler of Appletree, Aston-le-Walls, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Henry Birch of Goscote, Walsall, Staffordshire. His nephew and biographer was Charles Butler (1750–1832)...

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Caradog of Llancarfan (d. after 1138), hagiographer, was identified as a writer of note by Geoffrey of Monmouth, who announced in his Historia regum Britanniae (perhaps with mock solemnity) that he would leave the history of Welsh kings since the time of Cadwaladr (...

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Coldingham [Durham], Reginald of (d. c. 1190), Benedictine monk and hagiographer, was a member of the northern monastery of Durham. A fourteenth-century source associates him with Coldingham in Berwickshire, perhaps because this was his birthplace or, more likely, because he lived for a time at ...

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Colgan, John (1592?–1658), hagiographer, was born in the parish of Donagh, co. Donegal. Little is known of his background and early years: it is not clear whether a reference in a 1607 letter of George Montgomery, Church of Ireland bishop of Derry...

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Cricklade, Robert of (d. in or after 1174), prior of St Frideswide, theologian, and hagiographer, was a man of Saxon stock (his grandfather bore the name Sesogel son of Colmann) from Cricklade in Wiltshire, where he may have taught before entering the religious life. He was successively an Augustinian canon regular at ...

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Crowland [Croyland], Roger of (fl. c. 1200), Benedictine monk and hagiographer, was a member of his order's community of Crowland Abbey in Lincolnshire. He is known only from his reworking, at the behest of Abbot Henry de Longchamp (1190–1236), of the composite life of ...

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Daniel, Walter (fl. 1150–1167), Cistercian monk, hagiographer, and theologian, was a monk of the abbey of Rievaulx from 1150 to his death, and the author of a number of theological, philosophical, and biographical works. The best known of these is his life of ...

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Evesham, Dominic of (d. in or before 1150), Benedictine monk and hagiographer, was perhaps born of English parents, as some slight linguistic evidence suggests. He seems to have become a monk at the Benedictine abbey of Evesham during the abbacy of Walter (1078–1104)...

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Eynsham, Adam of (b. c. 1155, d. in or after 1233), abbot of Eynsham and hagiographer, came from a middle-class Oxford family, and became a monk and then in due course first prior, and then abbot, of the Benedictine monastery at Eynsham. His father, ...

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Folcard (d. after 1085), monk, musician, and hagiographer, was a Benedictine of St Bertin's, at St Omer in Flanders, who became acting abbot of Thorney (c.1069–85). He can be compared with Goscelin of St Bertin. All that is known of him comes from some, mostly cryptic, autobiographical remarks in the prefaces to his few extant works and a brief notice in ...

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Furness, Jocelin of (fl. 1199–1214), Cistercian monk and hagiographer, is known only through the four saints' lives that he composed in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century. The manuscripts describe him as 'monk of Furness', the Cistercian abbey on the coast of ...