Thomas a Kempis was born near Dusseldorf in 1380. He became attached to the Congregation of Common Life at the age of thirteen, and was professed in 1406, receiving the priesthood in 1413 at the age of thirty-three. he wrote many devotional works and became Sub-Prior and Master of the Novices at the monastery of Mount St Agnes. He died in 1471. Leo Sherley-Price was Rural Dean and parish priest in Devon., and translated a number of historical and theological books.