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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Thomas Starkey, 77, who has lived on Leeds Road at Bradley for around 30 years, described the traffic outside his front door as 'horrendous.'.
Eppley begins his discussion of the Henrician supremacy with a look at the polemical writings of William Tyndale, Stephen Gardiner, and Thomas Starkey. Eppley asserts that while Tyndale advocated obedience to the crown, his continual urging for Christians to read the scriptures in English revealed his own disobedience to civil authority over matters of faith.
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.
Harris makes reference to several dozen texts, by Dekker, James I, Marston, Middleton, Nashe, Shakespeare, Spenser, Webster, and others, but he concentrates primarily on three tracts, Thomas Starkey's Dialogue Between Reginald Pole and Thomas Lupset (ca.
Mayer's close study of Reginald Pole's possible influences on Thomas Starkey, Andras Dudic, and Gianbattista Binarid indicates the practical decisions made by the lenient, concordant Pole during the Marian Reformation.
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.
Between 9am and 7pm on the first four festival days, discover the lives of Charlotte Starkey - who ensured the church was built after her husband, Thomas Starkey, died before work commenced - and Bertha Lowenthal, member of the militant suffragette group, Women's Social and Political Union, who was arrested in Huddersfield for her protests.
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.
Slightly disquieting, however, is Carroll's suggestion that Beacon was privy to Thomas Starkey's unpublished Dialogue between Pole and Lupset (xxxiv-xxxv, xlii, n.