See also:English soldier and writer, was probably a native of
See also:Radnorshire and was educated at
See also:Oxford . In 1544 he went to Italy, where he spent the greater
See also:part of the next five years, and in
See also:April 1550, soon after his return to England, he was made one of the clerks of the privy council; he also taught the science of politics to the
See also:Edward VI., for whose instruction he wrote some
See also:treatises and some " commonplaces of state." Being a strong
See also:Protestant he took part in the rising against
See also:Queen Mary led by
See also:Thomas Wyat in 1554, being captured and thrown into the Tower of
See also:London . Having whilst in prison tried to commit suicide and been tortured on the
See also:rack in the hope of incriminating the princess
See also:Elizabeth, he was found guilty and was hanged at
See also:Tyburn on the 18th of May 1554 . During his residence at Bologna Thomas, who was a very learned man, wrote Il Pellegrino in lese, published in 1552 . This is a valuable and interesting defence of
See also:Henry VIII. by a contemporary and it originated in a discussion between the author and some
See also:Italian gentlemen . He also prepared an English version of this
See also:work, but this was not published during his lifetime . As The
See also:Pilgrim: a
See also:dialogue of the
See also:life and actions of King Henry VIII., it was edited with notes by A .
See also:Froude and appeared in 1861 . It had previously been edited by A . D'Aubant, who had added to it the six treatises written for Edward VI. and had called the whole The
See also:Works of
See also:William Thomas (1774) . Of his other writings perhaps the most important isThe Historic of
See also:Italic (1549), and his
See also:Principal Rules of the Italian Grammar with a Dictionarie for the better under-
See also:standing of Boccate, Petrarcha and
See also:Dante (1550, 1'560, 1562 and 1567) may also be mentioned . This was the first work of its kind in English .
Thomas made an English
See also:translation of Josafat Barbaro 's account of his voyages, Barbaro being a Venetian traveller who died in 1494 . With an introduction by
See also:Stanley of Alderley this was published by the
See also:Hakluyt Society in a
See also:volume of Travels to
See also:Tana and
See also:Persia (London, 1873) . See
See also:Strype, Ecclesiastical Memorials (Oxford, 1822) . Thomas has a namesake, William Thomas (1613-1689),
See also:bishop of St
See also:David's from 1677 to 1683 and bishop of
See also:Worcester from 1683 to 1689 . He was one of the bishops who refused to take the oaths of
See also:allegiance to William and Mary in 1689 and was suspended, but in the midst of the dispute he died on the 25th of
See also:June 1689 (see
See also:NoNJuRORS) . The bishop's
See also:grandson was William Thomas (167o-1738), the
See also:antiquary .
THEODORE THOMAS (1835-1905)
CHRISTIAN THOMASIUS (1655-1728)
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