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Allanson, Peter [name in religion Athanasius] (1804–1876), historian and abbot of Glastonbury, was born on 11 June 1804 in Castle Street, Holborn, London, the second son of William Walter Allanson and his wife, Mary Ann Barber, from Lambeth. The family was Roman Catholic and ...

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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 (...

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Bower [Bowmaker], Walter (1385–1449), abbot of Inchcolm and historian, was born at Haddington. Nothing is known of his parentage, though he may have been related to a John Bowmaker who served as a bailie and custumar at Haddington in the late 1390s. In 1436 he was represented at the Roman court by a ...

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Capgrave, John (1393–1464), prior of Bishop's Lynn, theologian, and historian, was born on 21 April 1393. Nothing is known of his family, unless an older John Capgrave, who took the degree of doctor of theology at Oxford in 1390, and was also an Augustinian friar, was his uncle. Some early biographers, notably ...

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Coggeshall, Ralph of (fl. 1207–1226), historian and abbot of Coggeshall, was a monk of the Cistercian abbey of Coggeshall, Essex. Abbot from 1207 until his resignation, because of illness, in 1218, he was the major contributor to, and may have been the sole author of, the ...

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Elmham, Thomas (b. 1364, d. in or after 1427), historian and prior of Lenton, was born on 8 April 1364, and made his profession as a monk in 1379, according to entries in his unprinted Cronica regum nobilium Angliae (BL, Cotton MS Claudius E.iv, fol. 32...

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Ely, Richard of (fl. 1177–1189), prior of Ely and historian, was a monk of Ely Cathedral priory from boyhood. Little is known of the details of his life and death, but he is commonly identified with the Richard who was sub-prior of Ely...

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Hexham, John of (d. before 1209), historian and prior of Hexham, was born at Hexham and became a canon of the Augustinian priory there. The records of the house suggest that he became prior c.1160, that he was still prior in 1189, and that he died (presumably at ...

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Marlborough, Thomas of (d. 1236), historian, lawyer, and abbot of Evesham, presumably came from Marlborough in Wiltshire. He studied at Paris under Stephen Langton (d. 1228), most likely arts, when Richard Poor or Poore (d. 1235) was his fellow student: this was probably in the 1180s. He describes ...

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Mylne, Alexander (c. 1470–1548), abbot of Cambuskenneth and historian, who about 1534 was said to be in his sixty-fourth year, was born in Angus (Forfarshire) and may have been the son of John Mylne, master mason to James III and James IV. Having graduated BA at ...

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Walsingham, Thomas (c. 1340–c. 1422), historian and prior of Wymondham, probably came from Walsingham in Norfolk. An entry in the register of Simon Sudbury (d. 1381), bishop of London between 1362 and 1375, mentions that Thomas Walsingham, a monk of St Albans...

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Wendover, Roger of (d. 1236), historian and prior of Belvoir, was a monk of St Albans, who was probably associated with Wendover in Buckinghamshire and possibly a kinsman of Richard of Wendover, a physician to Pope Gregory IX (r. 1227–41). Roger became prior of ...

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Wyntoun, Andrew (c. 1350–c. 1422), prior of St Serf's, Lochleven, and historian, says of himself that Andrew of Wyntoun was his baptismal name, but beyond this nothing is known of his family background, education, or early career. He became a canon regular of ...