ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Covell

(1565 ca.-1614)


William Covell (or Cowell) was born at Chadderton, Lancashire; he entered Queens' College Cambridge as a pensioner in 1580 (B.A. 1585, M.A. 1588, fellow 1589-99, D.D. 1601). Covell was Vicar of Sittingbourne, Kent (1603), Vicar of Leaveland (1603), and Rector of Mersham (1605-13). He was sub-dean of Lincoln (1609-14), prebendary of Lincoln (1612-14), fellow of King James's College, Chelsea (1610) and chaplain to Archbishop Abbot. Covell tutored the poet John Weever at Cambridge and contributed verses to Weever's Mirror of Martyrs (1601).


TEXT RECORDS:

1595England to her Three Daughters, Cambridge, Oxford, Innes of Court, and to all her Inhabitants.

PUBLICATIONS:

Polimanteia: or the meanes to judge of the fall of a commonwealth. 1595.
A just and temperate defence of the Five books of ecclesiastical policie. 1603.
A modest and reasonable examination, of some things in use in the Church of England. 1604.
A brief answer unto ... the L. Bishop of Lincoln. 1606.