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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 ...


Malmesbury, William of (b. c. 1090, d. in or after 1142), historian, man of letters, and Benedictine monk, spent his whole life from boyhood as a monk of his order's ancient foundation at Malmesbury.

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