Henry Stanley Bennett

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Henry Stanley Bennett, FBA (1889-1972) was an English literary historian.[1] Known as Stanley Bennett, publishing as H. S. Bennett, Bennett was an authority on mediaeval England, publishing Life on the English Manor in 1937, and subsequently writing extensively on literature of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Education and Family[edit]

Bennett was educated initially at St Mark's College in Chelsea, and upon graduation became a schoolmaster at a London elementary school. After being invalided during the final stages of the Great War, he returned to England and gained admission to study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[2]

In 1920 Bennett married the literary critic Joan Frankau.[1] Their son, Christopher S. Bennett, was a contemporary of the writer Simon Raven at King's College, Cambridge; he went into the Treasury, and disappeared (possibly intentionally, given a work dispute and his hosting of several parties prior to his departure) in September 1966 whilst on a walking tour of the Savoy Alps.[3] Their daughter Margaret (born 1924) married in 1948 the librarian Philip Gaskell.[4]


For a full bibliography see A List of His Writings Presented to H. S. Bennett on His Eightieth Birthday, 15 January 1969. Cambridge University Press. 15 January 1969.

  • The Pastons and their England, 1922
  • England from Chaucer to Caxton, 1928
  • Life on the English Manor, 1937
  • The Author and his Public in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries, 1938
  • Shakespeare's Audience, 1944
  • Medieval Literature and the Modern Reader, 1945
  • Chaucer and Fifteenth-Century Verse and Prose, Oxford, 1947
  • English Books and Readers, volume 1, 1475 to 1557: Being a Study in the History of the Book Trade from Caxton to the Incorporation of the Stationers' Company, Cambridge University Press, 1952
  • Six Medieval Men and Women, 1955
  • English Books and Readers, volume 2, 1558 to 1603, 1965
  • English Books and Readers, volume 3, 1603 to 1640, 1970


  1. ^ a b Gilbert Frankau, Self-Portrait, Hutchinson 1940 p234
  2. ^ BENNETT, Henry Stanley. ukwhoswho.com. Who Was Who. 2018 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  3. ^ The Captain: The Life and Times of Simon Raven, Michael Barber, Gerald Duckworth & Co., 1996, pg 85-6
  4. ^ McKitterick, David. "Gaskell, (John) Philip Wellesley". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/76118.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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