Abraham Fraunce of Salop was educated at Shrewsbury School and, supported by Sir Philip Sidney, entered St. John's, Cambridge in 1576 (B.A. 1580, Fellow 1580; M.A. 1583). He was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1583. Fraunce is thought to be the "Corydon" of Spenser's Colin Clouts Come Home Again"; he was a friend of Thomas Watson whose Amyntas (1585) he translated into English. Fraunce quoted passages of the yet unpublished Faerie Queene as illustrations to his Arcadian Rhetorike (1588). Several works remain in manuscript.
The Arcadian rhetorike. 1588.
The lamentations of Amyntas for the death of Phillis. 1587.
Insignium, armorum, emblamatum, hieroglyphicorum et symbolorum explicatio. 1588.
The lawiers logicke. 1588.
The Countesse of Pembrokes Yvychurch. 1591.
The Countesse of Pembrokes Emanuel. 1591.
The third part of the Countesse of Pembrokes Yvychurch. 1592.
The shepheardes logike. 1969.
Insignium, ed. Stephen Orgel. 1979.
Amintas Dale, ed. Gerald Snare. 1975.