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Tudor history, Sir Thomas Heneage


The obscurity of Sir Thomas Heneage (c. 1480-1553) in early Tudor history presents a sharp contrast to the relative prominence of his nephew and namesake who served Queen Elizabeth as the vice-chamberlain of her household. Sir Thomas Heneage the Younger (c. 1532-1595), who left a fuller record of his activities, has naturally been given a more extensive treatment in the Dictionary of National Biography, which devotes less than half a column to the senior Heneage. The uncle can further boast of one printed page in Rev. Mr. Oates's account of the Heneage family. One of his letters was published in the Norfolk Chronicle (1852) as a "literary curiosity." The only modern treatment of this nearly forgotten Tudor servant remains the important Cambridge dissertation on the early Tudor privy chamber by David Starkey. A summary of my research on Heneage appeared a few years ago. This article expands the earlier version and reflects the influence of current research of historians of the Tudor household and its officials.