Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Danett, Thomas

DANETT, THOMAS (fl. 1566–1601), was the author of the following works:— 1. ‘The Description of the Low Countreys and of the Prouinces thereof, gathered into an Epitome out of the Historie of Lodouico Guicchardini,’ London, 1593, dedicated to Lord Burghley. 2. ‘A Continuation of the Historie of France from the death of Charles the Eight, where Comines endeth, till the death of Henry the Second [1559], collected by Thomas Danett, gentleman,’ London, 1600, dedicated to Lord Buckhurst. 3. ‘The Historie of Philip de Commines, Knight, Lord of Argenton,’ London, 1601. The dedication to Lord Burghley is dated 1 Nov. 1596. Danett states that thirty years before he presented to Burghley and Leicester ‘the historie of Commines, rudely translated into our vulgar tongue,’ and that he subsequently revised and enlarged his translation by the advice of Sir Christopher Hatton. A few original notes appear in the margin. A ‘Mr. Danett’ is mentioned in a letter from Cecil to Windebank, 27 Dec. 1561.

[Danett's Works; Ames's Typogr. Antiq; Brit. Mus. Cat.; Cal. State Papers (Dom.), 1547–80, p. 189.]

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