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Bainham, James (d. 1532), lawyer and protestant martyr, was the youngest son of Sir Alexander Bainham and Elizabeth Langley, née Tracy, of Westbury-on-Severn in Gloucestershire, and nephew through his mother of Sir William Tracy, the evangelical landowner from Toddington in Gloucestershire whose will was refused probate in 1531 because of its heretical content. The source of his early education is unknown, but he probably attended a grammar school for he knew both Latin and Greek; later he was admitted to the inns of court and became a lawyer. However, he did not confine his energies to the law; he also espoused the evangelical faith articulated so eloquently in his uncle's will. ...

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Rastell, John (c. 1475–1536), lawyer and printer, was the son of Thomas Rastell (d. 1505?); he was probably born in Coventry, though John Bale later claimed Rastell was a Londoner by birth. Rastell's father and grandfather both had civic and legal responsibilities in ...