I imagined John Blanke as a Black trumpeter. A regular musician at the courts of both Henry VII and Henry VIII. Musicians' payments were understood to have been noted in the accounts of the Treasurers of the Chamber, who was responsible for paying wages. There are several payments recorded to a 'John Blanke, the blacke trumpeter'. This trumpeter was paid 8d a day, first by Henry VII and then from 1509 by Henry VIII.