Lanquet, Thomas (DNB00)

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LANQUET or LANKET, THOMAS (1521–1545), chronicler, was born in 1521. He studied at Oxford, and devoted himself to historical research. He died in London in 1545 while engaged on a useful general history. Thomas Cooper [q. v.], afterwards bishop of Winchester, completed it, and it was published in 1549 by Berthelet under the title of 'An Epitome of Cronicles conteining the whole Discourse of the Histories as well of this realme of England, as all other countreis … gathered out of most probable auctors, fyrst, by T. L., from the beginnyng of the world to the Incarnacion of Christ, and now finished and continued to the reigne of … Kynge Edwarde the Sixt by T. Cooper,' b.l. 4to. This history is generally known as 'Cooper's Chronicle,' and preserves many curious traditions. Under the year 1552 it is noted that then 'one named Johannes Faustius fyrst founde the craft of printinge, in the citee of Mens in Germanie.' The subsequent editions of the 'Chronicle' are mentioned under Cooper, Thomas. Wood also assigns to Lanquet a 'Treatise of the Conquest of Bulloigne,' but it does not seem to have survived, if indeed it was ever printed.

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. ed. Bliss, i. 149; Lowndes's Bibl. Manual; Notes and Queries, 1st ser. viii. 494.]

W. A. J. A.