Henry Bennet (translator)

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Henry Bennet (fl. 1561), said to be of Calais, was an English translator of Protestant literature.[1]

Bennet published in 1561, at the press of John Awdelay, a volume of translations from the German and Swiss Protestant reformers, A Famous and Godly History. The book is divided into two parts, which were published together.[1][2]

The first part was dedicated to Thomas Wentworth, 2nd Baron Wentworth, with a date of 18 November 1561. It contains Philip Melanchthon's life of Martin Luther; Luther's declaration of his doctrine before the Emperor Charles V at Worms; and the oration of Melanchthon at Wittenberg, given in place of his usual exposition of the Epistle to the Romans, after the news of Luther's death.[1] Some of this part was adapted for Actes and Monuments (1563) by John Foxe.[3]

The second part has a similar dedication to James Blount, 6th Baron Mountjoy, dated 30 November 1561. It consists of:[1]

The last two are in the form of letters. The translations are in idiomatic English, and the quotations of Œcolampadius from Homer and Euripides are turned into English verse.[1] The authors in the second part had first been brought together by Theodore Bibliander.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). [https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikisource.org%2Fwiki%2FBennet%2C_Henry_%28fl.1561%29_%28DNB00%29 "Bennet, Henry (fl.1561)" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Dictionary of National Biography. 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Henry Bennet; Philipp Melanchthon; Wolfgang Capito; Simon Grynäus; Oswald Mykonius (1561). A Famous and Godly History, Contaynyng the Lyues & Actes of Three Renowmed Reformers of the Christia[n] Church, Martine Luther, John Ecolampadius, and Huldericke Zuinglius ... All Set Forth in Latin by Phillip Melancthon, Wolfgangus Faber, Capito, Simon Grineus, & Oswald Miconus, Newly Englished by Henry Bennet Callesian. By John Awdely, dwellyng in Lytle Brittaine Streete, by Great Saint Bartelmewes.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Jessica Martin (2001). Walton's Lives: Conformist Commemorations and the Rise of Biography. Oxford University Press. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-19-827015-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Emidio Campi (1 January 2008). Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe. Librairie Droz. p. 164. ISBN 978-2-600-01186-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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