(c.1450–1522) French poet at the court of Henry VII. An Augustinian friar, he served as tutor to Henry's son, Prince Arthur. Although blind, he wrote poetry in Latin and French on public events, and in a variety of genres that included panegyric and encomium (poetry devoted to praise). He continued writing into the reign of Henry VIII: the Hymni Christiani (1517) is a collection of just under 200 liturgical verses in various metres. André was an important link between the English court and continental exponents of humanism such as Erasmus. See Historia Regis Henrici Septimi, ed. J. Gairdner, Rolls Series, 10 (1858).
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.