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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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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 ...

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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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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...

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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 ...

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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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Cantilupe [Cantelupe], Nicholas (d. 1441), Carmelite friar and historian, was born in Wales, the son of William Cantilupe and a descendant of the noble Cantilupe family. Having joined the Carmelite order in Bristol in his youth, he studied at Cambridge, where he completed a doctorate in theology ...

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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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Cirencester, Richard (b. before 1340, d. 1400), historian and Benedictine monk, was a historical writer and monk of the abbey of St Peter at Westminster. His surname may have been a toponym, indicating his place of origin, which he assumed on entering the monastery in 1354–5, or the established name of his family which happened to be of this kind. ...

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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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Coventry, William [called Claudius Conversus] (fl. c. 1340/1360), Carmelite friar and historian, must have been a lay brother of the order, since if he was lame, as the name Claudius indicates, he could not have been ordained. Three of Coventry's historical works, written either ...

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Eadmer [Edmer] of Canterbury (b. c. 1060, d. in or after 1126), Benedictine monk and historian, was born to English parents, and entered Christ Church, Canterbury, as an oblate. As a child he witnessed the sudden destruction of the cathedral during the fire of 1067; he took special care afterwards to commit to memory the plan of the old church and the locations of its relics. His recollections as an old man of these childhood memories provide historians with a surprisingly detailed portrait of the Anglo-Saxon building. In 1093 the newly elected ...

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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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Langford, Thomas (fl. c. 1320), Dominican friar and historian, is recorded by the Italian Dominican Leandro Alberti, in his De viris illustribus ordinis Praedicatorum (1517), as an English Dominican who at an unspecified date wrote a history of the world from the creation to his own times. ...

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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.

Almost all that is known of William of Malmesbury...

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Marham, Ralph (fl. c. 1380), Augustinian friar and historian, is said by John Bale to have belonged to his order's house at Bishop's Lynn, and to have flourished about 1380. His family presumably came from Marham, a few miles south-east of that town. He studied 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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Monmouth, Geoffrey of [Galfridus Arturus] (d. 1154/5), bishop of St Asaph and historian, is of obscure origins, and very little of substance is known about his life. Later historians, notably the author of the Welsh Brut, have assigned him many roles, some of which must be regarded as impossible (for example, monk of ...