Thomas Walsingham

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Walsingham, Thomas


Died circa 1422. English chronicler. Monk at the abbey of St. Albans.

The historical chronicles of Walsingham that are devoted to the events of 1377 to 1422 serve as a narrative source on the political history of England of that period. They provide reliable accounts of such subjects as Wat Tyler’s uprising of 1381, the Lollards, and the career of Wycliffe.


Historia Anglicana, vols. 1–2. London, 1862–64.
Chronicon Angliae (1328–88). London, 1874.
Gesta abbatum monasterii Sancti Albani, vols. 1–3. London, 1867–69.
Ypodigma Neustriae. London, 1876.
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As Marlowe and his sponsor/lover, Sir Thomas Walsingham realize that the sentence for heresy is always death by being "drawn and quartered." So they fake Marlowe's murder and arrange for an unknown actor to front the new works by Marlowe.
Contemporary English chronicler Thomas Walsingham recorded the death of Scrope, including the curious detail that the Archbishop's 'severed head was seen to smile serenely'.
Revisiting Eger and Grime and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and providing a reading of the romance of Thomas of Erceldoune, Wade also mentions in Chapter Three the stories of Walter Map from De Nugis Curialium and Thomas Walsingham's late-fourteenth-century Chronica Maiora.
Or go down fighting.' He was still unsure whether or not he had been sent here to be quietly and discreetly disposed of, in a way that Thomas Walsingham would have to accept.
19-33) is as much about Solomon and Marcolf(a literary context) as it is about Rauf Bradbury uses contemporary medieval representations of peasants and their grievances, from the howling bestial 1381 rebels as seen by conservatives such as Gower and Thomas Walsingham to the considerably more sympathetic and admiring depictions of un-cowed peasants deploying proverbial lore in Raufand Solomon and Marcolf.
137), we do not know that they marched chanting 'When Adam delved and Eve span|Who then was the gentleman?' We know merely what Thomas Walsingham tells us, that the priest John Ball preached on this as his text to the rebels at Blackheath.
On responsibility for Marlowe's death, he rejects political conspiracy (Charles Nicholl), Queen Elizabeth (Riggs), and Marlowe himself (Kuriyama) to blame the man with the dagger, Ingram Frizer, who murdered him (Honan suggests) to protect his interests and, quite possibly, those of his master Thomas Walsingham.
The essay focuses on two documents of the affair: the polemic of John Wyclif against sanctuary privilege and the outraged chronicle of the event by Thomas Walsingham. The idea of sanctuary that emerges from these documents resists easily codified resolution.
Instead of fingering Essex, Honan attempts to unmask Thomas Walsingham as the sinister puppet-master who ordered Marlowe's death out of concern that the playwright's growing reputation for atheism would damage his political credentials.
The only physical description of it was so extraordinary that it was difficult to believe: Thomas Walsingham, a usually reliable chronicler, tells us that it was 200 feet in diameter, larger than any circular medieval building, and larger than such wonders of the world as the Pantheon at Rome, and other sources indicated that it was to seat the 300 knights of Edward's proposed Order of the Round Table.
So had Thomas Walsingham, the patron of Marlowe and his killer, Ingrain Frizer.
The monastic chronicles of Ranulf Higden and Thomas Walsingham tracked the emergence of an English nation as a conceptual problem rather than a ready-made site for national unity, fostering almost paradoxically the conditions for a secular and vernacular national culture.