HOASM: Henry Prentes (Prentyce)

Henry Prentes (Prentyce)

(? - 1514)

Henry Prentes, like Edmond Turges, is represented by one work in the Caius Choirbook, a Magnificat that is actually a reworking of Cornysh's setting in the same collection. Prentes joined the Chapel Royal by 1509, when he is listed last among the singingmen at the coronation of Henry VIII on June 24 (he was not present at the funeral of Henry VII in the previous month). He next appears at the funeral of Prince Henry on February 27, 1511. A 'Harry Prentes' is also mentioned in the churchwardens' accounts of St Mary-at-Hill, London, as a visiting singer of the church in 1510/11. However, Prentes appears to have been a parishioner (and resident) of Westminster. The register of the Fraternity of St Nicholas, which he joined in 1502, records his death in 1514, and the churchwardens' accounts of St Margaret's register the funeral of a Henry Prentes in the same year. There is no reference to Prentes in any of the surviving records of the Abbey for the period c.1500 to 1514, although his burial within the church of St Margaret testifies to his strong Westminster connections. It is possible that at some point in his career he was based at St Stephen's, but no contemporary records for this institution are extant.

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