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Henry Howard the Poet Earl of Surrey: A Life

W. A. Sessions


This book provides a comprehensive biography of Henry Howard, Poet Earl of Surrey. It combines historical scholarship with close readings of poetic texts and Tudor paintings to explore Surrey's unique life. The first cousin of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (and an influence on his young cousin the Princess Elizabeth), he was beheaded in 1547 on the orders of Henry VIII. Surrey embodied the contradictions of the courtier's role, through his standing both as a representative of the older nobility and heir to the greatest title outside the royal family, and as a poet who wrote innovativ ... More

Keywords: Henry Howard, Tudor paintings, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Princess Elizabeth, Henry VIII, Renaissance courtier, English sonnet, blank verse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. A. Sessions, author
Regents' Professor of English, Georgia State University