1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Peele

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 200.



This Gentlemen liv'd in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. He was educated at Christ-Church-College, Oxford, where he took the Degree of Master of Arts. He writ two Plays.

I. EDWARD the First, an Historical Play, 1593. This King was surnam'd Long Shanks; and the Play gives an Account of his Return from the Holy Land, with the Life of Llewellin, Rebel in Wales: It also relates the Story of Queen Eleanor's sinking near Charing-Cross, and rising again at Queen-Hithe, before call'd Potter's-Hithe. For the Story, see Walsingham, Grafton, Martin, Hollingshed, Stow, and other English Chronicles.

II. DAVID and BERSHEBA, their Loves, with the Tragedy of Absalom, 1599. This Play was several times acted with Approbation. Plot from Holy Scripture.

Mr. Langbain mentions some Remains of Poetry written by this Author, publish'd in a Book call'd, England's Helicon.