1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

Anonymous, "George, Lord Lyttleton" European Magazine 32 (July 1797) 20.



This venerable and virtuous Nobleman being asked by a lady, why he did not insert in his History of Henry the Second the popular anecdote of Henry being the offspring of Stephen (her competitor) and the Empress Matilda? he replied, "Because, Madam, my book shall never be the vehicle even of antiquated scandal against a lady of rank and character."