Henry Howard, the Poet Earl of Surrey: A Life

Henry Howard, the Poet Earl of Surrey: A Life

by W A Sessions


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The first comprehensive biography of Henry Howard, this book fills a major gap in the history of early modern British culture. Sessions's narrative combines historical scholarship with close readings of poetic texts and Tudor paintings to reveal the unique life of the first Renaissance courtier and a poet who wrote and created radically new forms (such as the English sonnet and blank verse).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198186250
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/22/2003
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part I.
1. The fathers: two battles
2. The mother
3. The other Henry: Windsor and France
4. The deaths of 1536
Part II.
5. Mount Surrey
6. The audience at Surry House: lyrics and lives
7. The Countess of Surrey
8. Imprisonments
9. A new body of honour: Sir Thomas Wyatt
10. The origins of blank verse
11. 'Lieutenant General of the King'
12. The shame of St Etienne
Part III.
13. Surrey's last portrait
14. The final days
15. 'Retailed to posterity': a conclusion

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