1-20 of 163 Results  for:

  • Christianity x
  • Catholic (other) x
Clear all

Article

Abell, Adam (1475x80?–1537?), Franciscan friar and chronicler  

Stephanie M. Thorson

Abell, Adam (1475x80?–1537?), Franciscan friar and chronicler, was born in Salt Preston, Haddingtonshire, but the names and occupations of his parents are not recorded and details of his early life are scant. What little is known is derived largely from his chronicle, ...

Article

Æthelweard [Ethelwerd] (d. 998?), chronicler and magnate  

Patrick Wormald

Æthelweard [Ethelwerd] (d. 998?), chronicler and magnate, was ealdorman of south-western England. He styled himself 'Patricius Consul Fabius Quaestor', a latinization of 'Æthel-/ealdorman/Fabius/-weard'. He was the father of Æthelmær, grandfather of one Æthelweard and grandfather-in-law of another: all also ealdormen, and two of the same south-western ealdormanry as ...

Article

Aio (supp. fl. 950x75), supposed historian  

C. F. Keary

revised by Marios Costambeys

Aio (supp. fl. 950x75), supposed historian, is said to have been a monk in the abbey of Crowland, Lincolnshire, and is mentioned only in the forged Historia Croylandensis attributed to Ingulf, a genuine eleventh-century abbot of the same monastery. This work was probably written in the mid-fifteenth century and professed to make use of material collected by two monks of ...

Article

Alban [St Albans], Roger (d. after 1461), genealogist, copyist, and Carmelite friar  

Richard Copsey

Alban [St Albans], Roger (d. after 1461), genealogist, copyist, and Carmelite friar, was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and joined his order in London. He was ordained acolyte on 17 December 1401 and deacon on 19 December 1405. His name occurs as the copyist on three manuscripts, BL, Harley MS 3138 (dated 1424), Harley MS 211, and Stowe MS 8, and it has also been claimed that he copied BL, Stowe MS 38 and, in 1439, the anti-...

Article

Ambroise (fl. 1188–1195), crusader and historian  

Peter Damian-Grint

Ambroise (fl. 1188–1195), crusader and historian, was a Norman, possibly from the region of Évreux. His Estoire de la guerre sainte is a unique vernacular eyewitness account of the third crusade, and perhaps 'the best source for the crusade of Richard' (...

Article

André [Andreas], Bernard (c. 1450–1522), poet and historian  

David R. Carlson

André [Andreas], Bernard (c. 1450–1522), poet and historian, was a Frenchman by birth, being a native of Toulouse, but came to England together with, or shortly before, Henry VII, whose panegyrist and historiographer he became. He is described by a contemporary as of distinguished birth, and he had entered the ...

Article

Arnold, Richard (d. c. 1521), merchant and chronicler  

Peter C. Herman

Arnold, Richard (d. c. 1521), merchant and chronicler, was a citizen of London, resident in the parish of St Magnus the Martyr, who seems to have made his living primarily by trading with Flanders. Nothing is known of his parentage. In 1473 he was an executor of the will of ...

Article

Baker, Geoffrey le (fl. 1326–1358), chronicler  

Roy Martin Haines

Baker, Geoffrey le (fl. 1326–1358), chronicler, was born in Swinbrook in Oxfordshire. He is noteworthy as the author of two chronicles. The smaller of these, the Chroniculum, begins in primordio temporis and ends on 20 July 1347, with a colophon revealing Baker's name and ...

Article

Bale, Robert (d. 1503), prior of Burnham Norton and historian  

Richard Copsey

Bale, Robert (d. 1503), prior of Burnham Norton and historian, was born 3 miles from Walsingham, Norfolk, and joined the Carmelites at their house at Burnham Norton in the same county. He was a great lover of the liturgy and history of his order, which is reflected in his three known works. He composed a short chronicle of the Carmelites (...

Article

Bale, Robert (b. c. 1410, d. in or after 1473), chronicler  

M-R. McLaren

Bale, Robert (b. c. 1410, d. in or after 1473), chronicler, was, according to John Bale (d. 1563), a lawyer, public notary, and judge in civil cases in London, as well as being a chronicler of London affairs. He was probably the ...

Article

Barbour, John (c. 1330–1395), ecclesiastic and verse historian  

A. A. M. Duncan

Barbour, John (c. 1330–1395), ecclesiastic and verse historian, was author of the Old or Middle Scots poem The Bruce. His birth is usually placed about 1325, as much to give him a toehold in Robert I's reign as for anything his career tells us, and a slightly later date seems likelier. The trade name he inherited suggests that his father was a barber, and ...

Article

Basset, Peter (fl. 1415–1437), soldier and historian  

Anne Curry

Basset, Peter (fl. 1415–1437), soldier and historian, was co-author of an incomplete account in French of English activities in France between the capture of Harfleur in 1415 and the raising of the siege of Orléans in May 1429. Only one manuscript of this work is known, in ...

Article

Bede [St Bede, Bæda, known as the Venerable Bede] (673/4–735), monk, historian, and theologian  

J. Campbell

Bede [St Bede, Bæda, known as the Venerable Bede] (673/4–735), monk, historian, and theologian, in his Historia ecclesiastica (731) outlines his own life. Born in northern Northumbria, his relations put him in the monastery of Wearmouth at the age of seven. He transferred to the nearby sister house of ...

Article

Bel, Jean le (c. 1290–1370), ecclesiastic and chronicler  

Juliet Vale

Bel, Jean le (c. 1290–1370), ecclesiastic and chronicler, was of noble rank, according to the chronicler Jean d'Outremeuse. He was born about 1290 into a patrician Liégeois family with important dynastic links to the more rurally based nobility. His father was the armigerous ...

Article

Benet, John (d. 1474), priest and chronicler  

G. L. Harriss

Benet, John (d. 1474), priest and chronicler, is differentiated from contemporaries of the same name by being vicar of Harlington, Bedfordshire, from 17 March 1443 to 1471 and then rector of Broughton, Huntingdonshire, from 4 October 1471 to his death some time before November 1474. He may have been one of two ...

Article

Benolt, Thomas (d. 1534), herald and diplomat  

Robert Yorke

Benolt, Thomas (d. 1534), herald and diplomat, may have been born at Rouen; his mother's maiden name was Meautis, but his father's identity is not known. It was with Calais, however, that the family had its strongest links; Benolt is generally thought to have been a native of ...

Article

Bever, John [John of London] (d. 1311?), Benedictine monk and historical writer  

Jeremy Catto

Bever, John [John of London] (d. 1311?), Benedictine monk and historical writer, may have been a Londoner—in 1310 the archdeacon of Westminster was ordered to publish the excommunication for contumacy of 'Brother John of London, called Le Bevere' (Gransden, Continuations, 480, n. 40...

Article

Beverley, Alfred of (d. 1154x7?), chronicler  

Sidney Lee

revised by J. C. Crick

Beverley, Alfred of (d. 1154x7?), chronicler, was sacrist and treasurer of Beverley Minster, witnessing charters in favour of the town of Beverley, the nearby religious houses at Bridlington, Warter, and Watton, and the more distant Rufford, between about 1135 and 1154. Little more is known about him outside his own writings, the late fourteenth-century ...

Article

Binham, Simon (fl. c. 1350), Benedictine monk and chronicler  

George B. Stow

Binham, Simon (fl. c. 1350), Benedictine monk and chronicler, was probably born in East Anglia and became a member of the priory of Binham, Norfolk, one of the cells of the abbey of St Albans. He is first recorded as supporting his prior in resisting the unjust exactions of ...

Article

Birchington, Stephen (d. 1407), Benedictine monk and historical writer  

Nigel Ramsay

Birchington, Stephen (d. 1407), Benedictine monk and historical writer, doubtless took his name from Birchington on the Isle of Thanet, Kent. He became a monk of the cathedral priory of Christ Church, Canterbury, in 1382. In the late 1390s he was one of the priory's two treasurers; in the opening years of the fifteenth century he held the senior post of warden of the priory's manors; and in around 1404–5 he served as the prior's chaplain. He died on 21 August 1407, presumably at ...