ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lodowick Bryskett

(1547-1612 ca.)


The son of an Italian merchant, Lodowick Bryskett attended Trinity College, Cambridge (1559). As a member of the household of Henry Sidney, he was a companion of Sir Philip Sidney on the grand tour (1572-74). Bryskett spent most of his life in Ireland where he was a government official (1574-98). He knew Edmund Spenser (his deputy clerk of the Council of Munster in the 1580s) who appears as a character in his Discourse of Civil Life (1606). Spenser addresses Bryskett in Sonnet 33 of the Amoretti. Like Spenser, Lodowick Bryskett lost his fortune in the Tyrone rebellion. Bryskett later returned to Ireland where he spent the remainder of his life.


TEXT RECORDS:

1595A Pastorall Aeglogue upon the Death of Sir Phillip Sidney Knight, &c.
1595The Mourning Muse of Thestylis.
1606A Discourse of Civill Life.

PUBLICATIONS:

A discourse of civil life [Giraldo, trans. Bryskett]. 1606.
Literary works, ed. J. H. P. Pafford. 1972.