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Henry Howard the Poet Earl of SurreyA Life$
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W. A. Sessions

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186250.001.0001

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The other Henry: Windsor and France

The other Henry: Windsor and France

(p.69) 3 The other Henry: Windsor and France
Henry Howard the Poet Earl of Surrey

W. A. Sessions

Oxford University Press

Henry Howard's friendship with the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, Henry Fitzroy, the Duke of Richmond and Somerset, took him from childhood to early manhood. In the years between 1529 and 1536, when English culture underwent fundamental changes, the relationship of the two young men provided Surrey with a level of freedom from his past, that of the fathers and the mother, he had never known before. At least he dramatized it so, imprisoned at Windsor Castle in 1537, in his elegiac poems on Richmond's early death in 1536 and his own loss. This next stage in the life of Henry Howard is, in many ways, the most compelling and, in others, the most problematic. However, later centuries judged the two poetic texts that resulted from this experience of friendship and love, a reader can only conclude from their language that Surrey had found in Richmond the other self that every Petrarchan poet was seeking.

Keywords:   Henry Howard, friendship, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, Windsor Castle, poems, death, France, Windsor

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