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Picard familylocked

  • Margaret Bent
  •  and David Fallows


A name held, in one form or another, by many musicians in the 15th century, among them at least three composers. It was sometimes a family name, more often a regional suffix indicating that the holder was from Picardy, in northern France.

Margaret Bent

(flc1410). English composer. The lack of an initial for the forename renders identification uncertain, though a possible candidate is a Thomas Pycharde who witnessed a charter together with Thomas Damett, probably the composer, in 1420. One Jehan Pycard alias Vaux was recruited for the chapel of John of Gaunt in 1390/91 and appears to have served until the late 1390s, as he was noted as a principal singing-man in 1392/ in 3 and 1397/ in 8. This may or may not have been the John Vaux resident in the Close of Lincoln Cathedral in 1382 and 1394 (Wathey; Bowers)....

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