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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 ...

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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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Vivian Hubert Howard Green (1915–2005) by unknown photographer reproduced by kind permission of the Rector and Fellows of Lincoln College, Oxford

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Green, Vivian Hubert Howard (1915–2005), Church of England clergyman, historian, and college head, was born on 18 November 1915 at 101 Thurlby Road, Wembley, Middlesex, the only child of Hubert James Green, law stationer's clerk, and son of a Hampstead master tailor, and his wife, ...

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Henry Melvill Gwatkin (1844–1916) by James Russell & Sons by permission of the Master, Fellows, and Scholars of Emmanuel College in the University of Cambridge

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Gwatkin, Henry Melvill (1844–1916), historian and theologian, was born at Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, on 30 July 1844, the second son of the Revd Richard Gwatkin (b. 1791) and his wife, Ann Middleton. He attended St John's College, Cambridge, with a scholarship in 1863, after seven years at ...

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L'Estrange, Hamon (1605–1660), theologian and historian, second son of Sir Hamon L'Estrange (1583–1654) of Hunstanton, Norfolk, and his wife, Alice L'Estrange, née Stubbe or Stubbs (1585–1656), was baptized at Sedgeford, Norfolk, on 9 or 29 August 1605. His family had been seated at ...

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Mair [Major], John (c. 1467–1550), historian, philosopher, and theologian, was born into a farming family in the village of Gleghornie near Haddington, south-east of Edinburgh. He attended the grammar school at Haddington and went on, though not perhaps immediately, to university. Although it has been supposed that ...

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Nicholl, Donald (1923–1997), historian and theologian, was born in Claremount, Halifax, Yorkshire, on 23 July 1923, the son of William Nicholl (1898–1979), a brass finisher, and his wife, Mary Ann Scott (1904–1981). They had been married in the Anglican church of Claremount the previous Christmas day and it was a continuing source of joy to know that he had already been present on that occasion, two months old in his mother's womb. The family was extremely poor: ...

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Parkes, James William (1896–1981), historian and theologian, was born at Les Fauconnaires, Guernsey, on 22 December 1896, the younger son and second of three children of Henry Parkes, an English civil engineer who had settled in Guernsey to grow fruit, and his wife, ...

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Hastings Rashdall (1858–1924) by Walter Stoneman, 1918 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rashdall, Hastings (1858–1924), moral philosopher, theologian, and historian, was born at 34 St George's Road, Kensington, London, on 24 June 1858, the eldest child of the Revd John Rashdall (d. 1869?), incumbent of Eaton Chapel, Eaton Square, London, and afterwards (1864–9) of ...

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Tang, Abraham ben Naphtali [Abraham Abrahams] (d. 1792), theologian and historian, was probably born in London. He was the grandson of Abraham ben Moses Taussig Neungreschel (thus the acronym Tang), a Prague rabbi who died in 1699. His son Naphtali left Prague...

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Wood, Herbert George (1879–1963), theologian and historian, was born on 2 September 1879 in London, the second of three children of the Revd John Roskruge Wood (1838–1917), minister of Upper Holloway Baptist Church, and his wife, Frances Anne Wren (1847/8–1886...