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- n. Plural form of henxman.
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The _Promptorium_ has “Heyncemann (henchemanne) _Gerolocista, duorum generum, (gerolocista) _,” and Mr Way in his note says, “The pages of distinguished personages were called henxmen, as Spelman supposes, from Ger. _hengst_, a war-horse, or according to Bp. Percy, from their place being at the side or _haunch_ of their lord.”
Edward IV. ’s henxmen were taught grammar; and if the Pastons are to be taken as a type of their class, our nobles and gentry at the end of the 15th century must have been able to read and write freely.