Anthony Copley, son of the Catholic exile Sir Thomas Copley, was educated at Furnivall's Inn, and at Catholic colleges at Rouen (1582) and Rome (1584), He lived in the Low Countries where he was employed by the Prince of Parma and the King of Spain (1586-90). Returning to England he was imprisoned in London and then pardoned (1590). In 1603 he conspired to place Arabella Stuart on the throne; after a second pardon he retired to Rome in 1606. The Catholic-hunter Richard Topcliffe described him to Queen Elizabeth as "the most desperate youth that lived."
Wits fittes and fancies; Loves owle: An idle conceited dialogue between love and an olde man. 1595.
A fig for fortune. 1596.
An answere to a letter of a Jesuitical gentleman. 1601.
Another letter to his dis-jesuited kinsman. 1602.
Wits, fits, and fancies. 1614.