Hampton Court (East Molesey) 1546-1557


Teacher and translator Jean Belmain was a French Huguenot scholar who served as a language teacher to future English monarchs Edward VI and Elizabeth I at the court of their father Henry VIII. A committed Calvinist, Jean Belmain was a refugee from persecution in France. He may well have had a major role in forming Edward’s Protestant views. Belmain began his teaching duties in 1546 and also completed a French-language translation of the strongly anti-Catholic prose devotion Lamentations of a Sinner written by Catherine Parr (Henry’s last of six wives) in which his most noticeable adaptation was to add exclamations. He died some time after 1557.

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