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Andrewe, Thomas (fl. 1600–1604), soldier and poet, is known only by his poem in rhyming couplets The Unmasking of a Feminine Machiavell, published in 1604. Its autobiographical nature is revealed in its preface 'To the Reader' and in a commendatory poem by Samuel Rowlands...

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Feiritéar, Piaras [Piaras mac Éamainn; known as Sir Pierce Ferriter] (d. 1652), soldier and poet, belonged to an Anglo-Norman family, originally le Fereter, which since the thirteenth century had held estates on the Dingle peninsula in co. Kerry. The family lived unobtrusively until the troubled Tudor and Stuart period; then, some of its members were the subjects of royal pardons in 1574, 1601, and 1602. In 1626 an ...

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Hay, Sir Gilbert (b. c. 1397, d. after 1465), soldier and poet, has been identified with various Gilbert Hays who appear in the records of the period, and his family background remains elusive. Later to describe himself as master of arts and bachelor of canon law, he was probably a graduate of ...

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Hodgson, William Noel [pseud. Edward Melbourne] (1893–1916), soldier and poet, was born at the vicarage, Thornbury, near Bristol, Gloucestershire, on 3 January 1893, the fourth and youngest child of Henry Bernard Hodgson (1856–1921), vicar of Thornbury and later the first bishop of ...

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Henry Howard, earl of Surrey (1516/1717–1547) by unknown artist, c. 1546 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Henry, earl of Surrey (1516/17–1547), poet and soldier, was born in 1516 or 1517, the eldest son of Thomas Howard, earl of Surrey and later third duke of Norfolk (1473–1554), and his second wife, Elizabeth Stafford (1497–1558). He was the grandson of the ...

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Mercer, James (bap. 1734, d. 1804), poet and soldier, was baptized in Aberdeen on 16 February 1734, the elder of two sons of Thomas Mercer (d. 1760×69), merchant, and his wife, Margaret Rickart (d. 1780×89). His father belonged to a cadet branch of the prominent Jacobite family ...

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Petrucci, Ludovico (b. c. 1575, d. in or after 1619), poet and soldier, was born at Pitigliano, near Siena, son of an Italian nobleman, Ariodante Petrucci. In 1597 he was arrested by the inquisition, accused of a number of crimes relating to necromancy, including possession of magic books and summoning of spirits. In particular, he had allegedly persuaded the son of a member of the Neapolitan aristocracy to sell his soul to the devil, and provided another Neapolitan nobleman with a familiar spirit to ensure success in love. It is unclear which members of the aristocracy of ...