A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, Called the Metamorphosis of Ajax

A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, Called the Metamorphosis of Ajax

A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, Called the Metamorphosis of Ajax

A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, Called the Metamorphosis of Ajax

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Birth and breeding decreed that John Harington (1560- 1612) should be intimately connected with the brilliant world of the Elizabethan court and the equally brilliant world of Elizabethan letters. His mother, Isabella, the daughter of Sir John Markham, Lieutenant of the Tower, had been one of the six maids of honour to the Princess Elizabeth at Hatfield, and she remained a member of the Queen's Privy Chamber until her death in 1579. His father, also John Harington, was a cultivated gentleman, a poet, a translator, and in the words of his son 'much skilled in musicke,' which 'he learnt in the fellowship of good Maister Tallis.' He had served in the household of Henry VIII, married the King's illegitimate daughter Ethelreda Malte (upon whose death he acquired extensive holdings in Somerset and Berkshire), and then entered the service of the dashing and unscrupulous Thomas Seymour, Lord High Admiral. Upon Seymour's arrest in 1549, Harington too was sent to the Tower where, questioned about the matrimonial intrigues of Seymour, he denied that he ever knew of any conference of love or marriage between the Lady Elizabeth and the . . .

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