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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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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 ...