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This month’s update includes a survey of 300 ODNB lives connected with Coventry, UK City of Culture in 2021; and also links thirty-nine lives representing the West India interest, adding four new lives. Read the introduction and the survey of Coventry lives here.
The translator, Philemon Holland, spent nearly sixty years in Coventry, where he was second master of the grammar school and became a byword for weighty erudition. His translations made some of the major works to have survived from classical antiquity available to the growing body of people who could read English fluently but Latin with difficulty if at all. Over 8000 quotations from his works are cited in the Oxford English Dictionary.