Thomas Starkey

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Starkey, Thomas


Born circa 1499 in Wrenbury, Cheshire; died in late August 1538 in London. English political thinker and humanist. Chaplain to Henry VIII in 1535–36.

In his treatises, Starkey defended the preservation of the English type of class structure and feudal monarchy. At the same time, however, his world view also displayed clearly bourgeois, pre-Puritan sentiments and elements of individualism, empiricism, and rationalism. Starkey supported the Reformation in England, the enclosure system, and mercantilism.


A Dialogue Between Reginald Pole and Thomas Lupset. London, 1948.
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Eppley begins his discussion of the Henrician supremacy with a look at the polemical writings of William Tyndale, Stephen Gardiner, and Thomas Starkey.
Kendrick's hefty task in Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth is to trace in detail the origins and implications of such contradictions, not just in obvious places such as More but in a constellation of historically connected texts in the Renaissance, including Rabelais's Pantagruel and Gargantua, the "commonwealth" tracts of Thomas Starkey and Thomas Smith, Thomas Nashe's Piers Penniless and Nashes Lenten Stuffe, and Francis Bacon's New Atlantis.
Front: Oliver Adams, Jonathan Dicks, Thomas Starkey, Aidan Riley, Matthew Alderman
Examining the works of Tudor writers such as Thomas Starkey, Reginald Pole, and Thomas More, Crane shows how their political personae - based on sententiousness, apparent deferral to authority and tradition, and a devotion to the public good - both derived from the humanist practices of gathering and framing and distinguished this style from the more flamboyant and overtly ambitious one of the Italianate courtier.
The focus is on Utopia, nonfiction by Thomas Starkey and Thomas Smith, Rabelais's Abbey of Theleme, plays by Marlowe and Shakespeare, Bacon's New Atlantis, and Tom Nashe's word-stuffed sausage of quasi-utopian quasi-satire, Lenten Stuff.
Several books have focused solely on single authors, such as John Skelton (Walker's John Skelton and the Politics of the 1520's and Arthur Kinney's John Skelton, Priest as Poet), Thomas Starkey (Thomas Mayer's Thomas Starkey and the Commonwealth), and Thomas Wolsey (Peter Gwyn's The King's Cardinal), while others have examined discrete aspects of the culture of the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries: David Carlson's English Humanist Books and John King's Tudor Royal Iconography, to cite two particular examples.
Humanism also played a part in blaming the poor and uneducated for profligacy (115) -- even in the work of Thomas Starkey and Thomas More -- and by making them central to humanist jest books, beginning with the works of Poggio.
Neither mentions Thomas Starkey who, although virtually unknown in his day, wrote an important humanistic dialogue.
Also, Alexander Langelo, Alex LeBlanc, Bret Macko, TJ MacLaughlin, Michael Malloy, Kevin Marino, Kelleigh Maroney, Andrew McGarry, Lawrence McGillicuddy, Mary McKean, Christopher Morse, Jordan Munger, Kristen Nagy, Meredith Nelson, Jesse Oxenberg, Joseph Pappas, Alexander Pappas, Evan Pappas, Lindsey Pavlin, Alejandro Pirez, Siobhan Pokorney, Adam Prentiss, Sara Quirk, Brianna Radl, Nicholle Reeves, Alicyn Reverdy, Chelsea Roche, Drew Rosen, Connor Ruby, Scott Sargent, Katherine Savino, Alexander Schryver, Zachary Shepard, Thomas Starkey, Lauren Steigerwalt, Mary Temple, Leah Tepper, Conor Wyand, Rolan Yang, Jason Zelle and Maxwell Zoller.
High honors: Brendan Aylward, Olivia Basile, Cassandra Bradbury, Stephen Brown-Wooster, Samuel Buffum, Nicholas Capone, Lauren Casaceli, Lusan DellaGrotte, Amy Enman, Olivia Farrell, Tanya Finnerty, Ryan Fuller, Taylor Gordon, Benjamin Grajales, Brya Gross, Kathleen Hayden, Mary Catherine Heelan, Ken Herbison, Samuel Kessel, Lacey Kremer, Lawrence McGillicuddy, Neil Mechlin, Christiana Minardi, Joseph Pappas, Dylan Plaskon, Siobhan Pokorney, Brianna Radl, Nicholle Reeves, Lauren Rhodes, Kelly Siok, Thomas Starkey, Leah Tepper, Alana Toabe, Emmanuelle Torres, Rachel Wikoff, Courtney Willoughby, Caleb Wisch and Rolan Yang.
High honors were given to Nicholas Alberts, Olivia Basile, Jonathan Michae Berglind, Cassandra Bradbury, Stephen Brown-Wooster, Lauren Casaceli, Benjamin Ciummo, Andria Cubero, Stephanie D'Ambrosio, Lusan DellaGrotte, Tanya Finnerty, Marissa Generoso, Benjamin Grajales, Thomas Granger, Hannah Groudas, Mary Catherine Heelan, Ken Herbison, Courtney Johnson, Abigail Kennefick, Lacey Kremer, Andrew McGarry, Lawrence McGillicuddy, William Perreira, Sara Quirk, Brianna Radl, Katherine Savino, Thomas Starkey, Kathryn Stefos, Wachiraporn Thumphang, Aubrie Vannasse and Caleb Wisch.
High honors were given to Nicholas Alberts, Anders Anderson, Madeline Borsari, Cassandra Bradbury, Lauren Casaceli, Benjamin Ciummo, Elizabeth Cross, Andria Cubero, Lusan DellaGrotte, Kristen DiBlasi, JulieAnne Entwistle, Olivia Farrell, Rachel Glover, Thompson Hangen, Kelsey Hawkins, Kathleen Hayden, Mary Catherine Heelan, Laura Hoover, Meredith Nelson, Dylan Plaskon, Sara Quirk, Thomas Starkey, Wachiraporn Thumphang, Chelsea Willoughby, Courtney Willoughby and Rolan Yang.