ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Brooke

(1566 ca.-1628)


The son of a wealthy merchant who was twice Lord Mayor of York, Christopher Brooke attended Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a member of Lincoln's Inn where he shared lodgings with John Donne. He was a member of Parliament for York (1604-26), part of Prince Henry's circle, and a friend or acquaintance of Browne of Tavistock, Wither, Selden, Drayton, Jonson, and Davies of Hereford. An inns-of-court man, Brooke was jailed for witnessing John Donne's marriage.


TEXT RECORDS:

1613A Funerall Elegie on the Prince.
1614An Epithalamium; or a Nuptiall Song, applied to the Ceremonies of Marriage.
1614To his Much Loved Friend Mr. W. Browne of the Inner Temple, D. D.

PUBLICATIONS:

Two elegies, consecrated ... to Henry Prince of Wales. 1613.
The ghost of Richard the Third. 1614, 1844.
A poem on the late massacre at Virginia. 1622.
Complete poems, ed. A. B. Grosart. 1872.