Thomas Heywood

(1574 ca.-1641)

Thomas Heywood was born in Lincolnshire and is said to have been a fellow at Peterhouse College Cambridge; he was a member of the Lord Admiral's Company (1598) and composed lord mayor's pageants (in which capacity he succeeded Thomas Dekker). Heywood claimed to have contributed to some 220 plays; many are extent though most were not published. He attended the Queen's funeral in 1619 as "one of her Majesty's players." Heywood's treatment of demonology in Hierarchy of the Blessed Angels seems to have been a favorite with Sir Walter Scott; Charles Lamb described him as "a kind of prose Shakespeare."


1609Troia Britanica: or, Great Britaines Troy. A Poem.
1613A Mariage Triumph.
1613A Nuptial Hymne.


The first and second parts of King Edward the Fourth. 1600.
If you know not me, you know no bodie: or the tragedie of Queen Elizabeth. 1606.
The fayre mayde of the Exchange. 1607.
A woman killed with kindness. 1607.
The rape of Lucrece. 1608.
Troia Britanica; or Great Britaines Troy: a poem. 1609.
The golden age. 1611.
An apology for actors. 1612.
The brazen age ... in five acts. 1613.
The silver age ... in three acts. 1613.
A marriage triumphe in memoirie of the happie nuptials betwixt the high and mightie Prince Count Palatine and the most excellent Princesse the Lady Elizabeth. 1613.
The four prentices of London. 1615.
The fair maid of the west. 1617.
Nine bookes of various history concerninge women. 1624.
A funeral elegie upon King James. 1625.
Englands Elizabeth, her life and troubles. 1631.
The foure prentises of London. 1632.
The iron age. 1632.
The English traveller. 1633.
A pleasant comedy called a mayden-head well lost. 1634.
The hierachie of the blessed angells. 1635.
Philocothonista, or the drunkard. 1635.
A challenge for beautie. 1636.
Loves maistresse. 1636.
A true discourse of the two infamous upstart prophets. 1636.
Pleasant dialogues and dramas selected out of Lucian, Erasmus, etc. 1637.
The royall king, and the loyall subject. 1637.
A true description of His Majesties Royall ship. 1637.
Porta pietatis, or the port or harbor of pity. 1638.
The royal king and the loyal subject. 1637.
The wise woman of Hogsdon. 1638.
Londdini Status pacatus; or Londons peaceable estate. 1639.
The life of Merlin. 1641.
Machiavel, as he lately appeared to his deare sons. 1641.
A preparative to study: or the vertue of sack. 1641.