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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

As it was the anniversary of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey's execution this week, I thought I'd pay tribute to this Tudor man by giving you an overview of his life and sharing some of his works.

Here are the other videos and resources I mention:

You can read Surrey's works at:

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  1. M

    I love one of Henry Howard’s poems! I don’t know the title off the top of my head, but I think its beautiful and wise. Thanks for sharing. Fascinating man. Michelle t

  2. R



    MARTIAL, the things that do attain
    The happy life, be these, I find :
    The riches left, not got with pain ;
    The fruitful ground, the quiet mind :

    The equal friend, no grudge, no strife ;
    No charge of rule, nor governance ;
    Without disease, the healthful life ;
    The household of continuance :

    The mean diet, no delicate fare ;
    True wisdom join’d with simpleness ;
    The night discharged of all care,
    Where wine the wit may not oppress :

    The faithful wife, without debate ;
    Such sleeps as may beguile the night.
    Contented with thine own estate ;
    Nor wish for Death, nor fear his might.

    Surrey, Henry Howard, Earl of.
    The Poetical Works of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.
    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1854. 57.

    This is one of my favourite poems and there is a slightly different version which I read at my mum in laws funeral.

    I love Henry Howard, he was a bit of a rogue, but no traitor and I have a big soft spot for him.

    1. C - Post Author

      I feel the same way. He certainly didn’t deserve his end. I love that poem!

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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey