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Biondi, Sir Giovanni Francesco (1572–1644), diplomat and romance writer, was born at Lesina (now Hvar), Croatia. His family, whose surname was Biundović until the 1600s, was noble but of modest means. Giovanni took a law degree at Padua and, after a period in ...

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Ford, Emanuel (fl. 1585–1599), romance writer, matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in Lent term 1585. He was the author of Parismus, the Renoumed Prince of Bohemia, which was entered in the Stationers' register to Thomas Creede on 22 November 1597 and printed in ...

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Hynd, John (fl. c. 1592–1606), writer of romances, was probably the grandson of the judge Sir John Hynde, according to a family tree in the British Library (Add. MS 14049, fol. 49). About 1592 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he graduated BA in 1595–6 and MA in 1599. His major work was ...

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Paltock, Robert (1697–1767), romance writer, was both born and baptized on 16 October 1697 at Little Hadham, Hertfordshire; he was the only son of Thomas Paltock (bap. 1664, d. 1701), gentleman, and his wife, Anne (d. 1712). Thomas was Anne's third husband: she was previously married to a ...

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Pettie, George (c. 1548–1589), writer of romances, was the fourth son of John Pettie (or Le Petite or Petty) of Tetsworth and Stoke Talmage, Oxfordshire, and Mary, daughter of William Charnell of Snareston, Leicestershire. He became a scholar of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1564 and graduated BA on 29 March 1569. He was uncle of ...