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Ammonius, Andreas [Andrea della Rena] (bap. 1476, d. 1517), humanist scholar and poet, was the son of Elisabetta Vanni and her husband, Francesco della Rena (dell' Arena). Of a family long established as silk weavers at Lucca, he was baptized in the cathedral there on 13 October 1476. In preparation for an ecclesiastical career, he studied with ...

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Boyd, Mark Alexander (1563–1601), humanist scholar and writer, was born on 13 January 1563, possibly in Galloway, the son of Robert Boyd of Penkill Castle, Ayrshire. James Boyd, archbishop of Glasgow, was his uncle. His family was descended from the first Lord Boyd...

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Bullock, Henry (d. 1526), humanist scholar, entered the University of Cambridge about the year 1500. His family background is unknown. Fuller believed that he was 'most probably' born in Berkshire, 'where his ancient name appears in a worshipful estate' (Fuller, 95). The archives of ...

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Chaundler, Thomas (c. 1417–1490), university principal and humanist scholar, was born at Wells, in St Cuthbert's parish, the son probably of William Chaundler and possibly the brother of Geoffrey and John, clerks of Somerset parishes. John Chaundler, bishop of Salisbury (1417–26), may have been a kinsman, and the ...

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Cheke, Sir John (1514–1557), humanist, royal tutor, and administrator, was born on 16 June 1514 in a house on the corner of Market Hill and Petty Cury in Cambridge, the son of Peter Cheke (d. 1530), administrator, of Cambridge, and his wife, ...

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Claymond, John (1467/8–1536), humanist and college head, was born in Frampton in Lincolnshire, the son of John and Alice Claymond. Possibly educated at the school of Magdalen College in Oxford, he was admitted to the college itself as a demy in 1484 aged sixteen, became a fellow in July 1488, senior commoner in 1493, and president in 1507. In the same year he received his MA and lectured in the university on ...

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Cooke, Sir Anthony (1505/6–1576), educator and humanist, was the only son of John Coke or Cooke (1485–1516) of Gidea Hall, Essex, within the liberty of Havering-atte-Bower near Romford, and Alice Saunders (d. 1510), daughter of William Saunders of Banbury, Oxfordshire. He was the great-grandson of ...

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Doget [Doket], John (d. 1501), humanist scholar and college head, was the nephew of Cardinal Thomas Bourchier, archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1486), to whom Doget must have owed much of the considerable church patronage later bestowed on him. He was born in ...

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Elyot, Sir Thomas (c. 1490–1546), humanist and diplomat, was the only son of Sir Richard Elyot (d. 1522) and his first wife, Alice Delamere, a descendant of the Finderns of Derbyshire. Alice died about 1510 and Sir Richard subsequently married Elizabeth Besilles, whose father, ...

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Sir Thomas Elyot (c. 1490–1546) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II