1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Winstanley

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 5:271.



William Winstanley, originally a barber, was author of The Lives of the Poets; of Select Lives of England's Worthies, from Constantine the Great to Prince Rupert; The Loyal Martyrology; Historical Rarities; and one or two single Lives, all in 8vo. He is a fantastical writer, and of the lowest class of our biographers; but we are obliged to him for many notices of persons and things, which are recorded only in his works.