1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Anthony Wood, in Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 2:412.



Upon the declining of the King's Cause, and all things thereupon, especially the Church, being visibly tending to ruine, he retir'd again into France, changed his Religion for that of Rome, and setling for a time in Paris, where Charles Prince of Wales then was, he began to write his Romance in verse called Gondibert, and had not wrote scarce two Books, but being very fond of them, did print them with a large Epistle to Hobbes of Malmsbury, and Hobbes's excellent Epistle to him, before them. The Courtiers who were then with the said Prince, could never be at quiet for the discourse had about this Piece, which the reason why some there (George Duke of Buckingham, Sir John Denham, &c.) made Satyrical Verses on him and his Poem.