ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Kenelm Digby

(1603-1665)


Courtier, adventurer, and diplomat, Kenelm Digby entered Gloucester Hall Oxford in 1618 at the age of fifteen; he was knighted in 1623, admiral of a fleet in the Levant, imprisoned by the Long Parliament, and was a founding member of the Royal Society. In his early days Sir Kenelm Digby consorted with the "Tribe of Ben." His copy of the 1617 folio of Spenser's works is in the library of Wellesley College.


TEXT RECORDS:

1628 ca.A Discourse concerning Edmund Spencer.
1628Observations on the 22. Stanza in the 9th. Canto of the 2d. Book of Spencers Faery Queen.

PUBLICATIONS:

Articles of agreement made between the French King and those of Rochell; also a relation of the brave sea-fight made by Sr Kenalm Digby. 1628.
A copy of 1, the letter sent by the Queene's Majestie concerning the collection of recusant mony for the Scottish warre; 2, the letter sent by Sir Kenelme Digby and Mr Montague concerning the contribution. 1641.
Sir Kenelme Digbyes honour maintained. 1641.
Observations upon Relgio Medici. 1643.
Observations on the 22. stanza in the 9th. canto of the 2d. book of Spencers Faery Queen. 1643.
Two treatises, in the one of which the nature of bodies; in the other the nature of mans soule is looked into. 1644.
A late discourse ... touching the cure of wounds by the powder of sympathy. 1658.
A discourse concerning the vegetation of plants. 1661.
Private memoirs of Sir Kenelm Digby, written by himself. 1827.
Journal of a voyage into the Mediterranean. 1868.
Poems from Sir Kenelm Digby's papers, ed. H. A. Bright. 1877.