On this day in history, 7th October 1577, George Gascoigne, author, poet, courtier and soldier, died in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He was buried in Stamford, at St Mary's Parish Church. He was in his early forties.
Gascoigne is listed as one of the most important Tudor poets, along with the likes of Sir Thomas Wyatt, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, and Philip Sidney. His works included A Discourse of the Adventures of Master FJ, The Supposes, A Hundredth Sundry Flowres... and The Posies of George Gascoigne, Esquire. Gascoigne was also hired in 1575 by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, to provide the entertainment for Elizabeth I's visit to Kenilworth Castle.
Here are some links to read his works:
- The complete works of George Gascoigne in Two Volumes, Volume I - https://archive.org/details/thecompleteworks01gascuoft
- The complete works of George Gascoigne in Two Volumes, Volume II - https://archive.org/details/thecompleteworks02gascuoft. This volume includes "The Princely Pleasures at Kenelworth Castle".
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