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Anslay, Brian (d. 1536), administrator and translator, about whose parentage and origins little is known, participated, as yeoman of the wine cellar, in Henry VII's funeral procession and in Henry VIII's coronation ceremonies in 1509. In 1521 his translation of Christine de Pisan's...

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John Bourchier, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533) attrib. Ambrosius Benson, c. 1521–6 Galerie Jan der Maere

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Bourchier, John, second Baron Berners (c. 1467–1533), soldier, diplomat, and translator, was the son of Sir Humphrey Bourchier (d. 1471) and Elizabeth (d. 1497), daughter and sole heir of Frederick Tilney of Boston, Lincolnshire. His father, a Yorkist, was killed at the battle of ...

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Palsgrave, John (d. 1554), teacher and scholar of languages, was born in London. The identity of his parents is unknown, though Palsgrave was evidently close to his mother, his provision for her being mentioned in the state papers in 1529. He is first recorded at the end of 1503 as a student at ...

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Parker, Henry, tenth Baron Morley (1480/81–1556), nobleman and translator, was the son of Sir William Parker (d. c.1504) and Alice Lovel (1452–1518). His father, who was knighted by Richard III on 24 July 1482, was the latter's standard bearer at Bosworth Field...

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Henry Parker, tenth Baron Morley (1480/8181–1556) by Albrecht Dürer, 1523 © Copyright The British Museum

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Paynell, Thomas (d. 1564?), translator, was a canon of Merton Priory, Surrey. In April 1538 Merton Priory was surrendered to the crown and Paynell received a pension of £10. Wood says that Paynell, who was descended from an ancient Lincolnshire family, the Paynells or Paganells...

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Wakefield [Wakefeld], Robert (d. 1537/8), Hebraist, was born in Yorkshire, probably to an influential Pontefract family; Thomas Wakefield was his brother. Nothing is known about his early life. He was admitted BA at the University of Cambridge on 9 June 1514, determining in arts in the following year. On 14 July 1516 he was elected to a fellowship of ...