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John Capgrave (born April 21, 1393, Lynn, Norfolk, Eng. died Aug. 12, 1464, Lynn) was an English historian and theologian.

He was born in King's Lynnmarker in Norfolk, became an Augustinian friar and, at length, Provincial of the Order in Englandmarker. He studied probably at Cambridgemarker, visited Romemarker and was a client of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, whose life he wrote. He was the author of numerous theological and historical works, some of which are of considerable importance, including in Latin, the hagiographic Nova Legenda Angliae, De Illustribus Henricis: lives of German Emperors, English Kings, etc., of the name of Henry, and in English, monotonous and dull lives of Saint Gilbert and Saint Catherine, and a Chronicle reaching to 1417.

The importance of his writings regarding his visit to Rome in the middle of the 15th century lies in the fact that it provides researchers with a glimpse into the histories, legends, traditions and publicly held attitudes regarding many individuals of the pre-4th century Roman Church at that time. His book, Ye Solace of Pilgrimes, ... (see link below) provides a starting point for anyone wanting to wade through the often contradictory stories regarding some individuals that have been written subsequent to John Capgrave's efforts.


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  • [86840] Ye Solace of Pilgrimes, A DESCRIPTION OF ROME, circa A.D. 1450

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