Richard Lavenham

(fl. c. 1389—1413) prior of the Carmelite convent, London, philosopher, and theologian

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Richard Lavenham was an English Carmelite friar, theologian and logician. Born in Suffolk sometime in the mid fourteenth century, there is evidence that Lavenham attended Oxford University and received his doctorate in theology there. He entered the Carmelite Order's Ipswich convent, then moved to become prior of the Bristol convent and later to London convents, in September 1399. He was confessor to King Richard II and a friend of several prominent churchmen including Archbishop Sudbury and the prior of St John of Jerusalem, Sir John Hales. Several sources record his death in 1383, either at Bristol or Winchester, although these are unlikely to be correct if the date of his accession in London is accurate.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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