Edward Howard (flor. 1669) met with failure and contempt both as poet and dramatist. Rochester saw fit to ridicule especially The Brittish Princes. See also No. 151.
From The Preface to Caroloiades, or, The Rebellion of Forty One (1689), sigs. A4-A4v:
In the mean time, to come closer to my purpose by alledging such Authorities as have the most undoubted Modern reception: I need but mention the Great Tasso, and our famous Spencer, by whose Poems, tho' the Productions of Latter Times, and agreeable to Evangelical persuasion, it is very clear that neither as to Fiction or Allegory, they wanted any necessary Ingredients or supplements, if compar'Zd with such Poets who had been precedent to Christian Belief. I shall not present my Reader with any Inspections into the Poem of Spencer, it being upon the matter wholly Allegory, and therefore not so proper to the Application I intend.