Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Bennet, Henry (fl.1561)

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BENNET, HENRY (fl. 1561), of Calais, published in 1561, at the press of John Awdelay, a volume of translations from the German reformers. The book is divided into two parts; the first contains Philip Melanchthon's life of Luther, Luther's declaration of his doctrine before the Emperor Charles at Worms, and an oration of Melanchthon's at Wittenberg, given in place of his usual 'grammatical' exposition of the Epistle to the Romans, after a short 'intimation' of the news of Luther's death. This part is prefaced by a dedication to Thomas, Lord Wentworth, dated 18 Nov. 1561. The second part has a similar dedication to Lord Mountjoy, dated 'the last of November' 1561, and consists of a life of John Œcolampadius by Wolfangus Faber Capito, an account of his death by Simon Grineus, and a life of Hulderick Zuinglius by Oswald Miconius; the last two are in the form of letters. The two parts were published together. The translations are careful and idiomatic, and the quotations of Œcolampadius from Homer and Euripides are turned into English verse.

[Brit. Mus. Cat.; Ames's Typographical Antiquities; Tanner's Bibliotheca.]

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