Introduction: Claude Holyband
Claude de Sainliens, better known by his English name, Claude
Holyband, or Hollyband, arrived in England with his wife and family some time
in 1564 or 1565. He made his living by running a private school, first in Westminster,
then Lewisham, and finally in London, where he lived for many years. His school
in London was in St Paul 's Churchyard. He taught French and wrote the story
of the schoolboy to help his pupils learn the language. This English translation
of Claude Holyband's story helps us discover more about going to school in Elizabethan
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Early in the reign of Elizabeth the First a French Protestant refugee called
Claude de Sainliens arrived in England with his wife and family. He soon began
to call himself by a more English-sounding name, Claude Holyband.
In order to make a living he became a schoolmaster, running
his own school. He lived first in Westminster, later in Lewisham and finally
in the City of London. His pupils studied the usual subjects that were taught
in Elizabethan schools: reading, writing, arithmetic, Latin.
Claude Holyband also taught his pupils to read and speak
French. Since he could not find any good textbooks for them to use, he wrote
His books contain a number of dialogues, or little plays,
to help people who were starting French learn words that they would find useful.
On one page, he put a dialogue in English and on the facing page he put the
Several of Claude Holyband’s dialogues are set in
school. We can use them to build up a picture of a day in the life of an Elizabethan
You may can choose to read the dialogues in a modern English
Or you may like to read them in Elizabethan
English, In this version unfamiliar words are explained.
Our junior web author, Louise, was inspired by the story of Francis, the Elizabethan
schoolboy. She has written about the 21st Century schoolgirl. Maybe you could
do the same? Click here to read A Day in The Life of a 21st Century Schoolgirl.