Thomas Bentley

(825 words)

Thomas Bentley is known for his only surviving work, The Monument of Matrones (1582), a multi-volume prayer-book for women. Few details of his life were known until 2000 when he was identified as Thomas Bentley (1543(?)-1585): a prosperous Londoner, quondam student of Gray's Inn and churchwarden of St Andrew Holborn (Atkinson and Atkinson 2000).

Thomas was the son of Richard and Alice Bentley. His father had a connection with Gray's Inn before his son attended the then fashionable legal society, as he was the owner of ‘Bentley's Rents', which served as lodgings for some of the Inn's students. Thomas's wife, Susan (d. 1581), was one of two orphan daughters of a prominent member of the Mercer's guild and former …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Flood, John. "Thomas Bentley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 January 2008
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]