Complimentary verses to Edward VI

Description

In 1552, the young king Edward VI was passing through Hampshire. The students of Winchester College wrote complimentary verses in Latin and Greek in his honour, preserved in this manuscript.

The writers included several future prominent figures, including John Fowler (1537-1578/9), who became a printer on the Continent, and Christopher Johnson (1536?-1597), who would become Headmaster of Winchester only eight years later. Thomas Stapleton (1535-1598) was the only one who could produce a composition in Greek, a short piece in iambics that finishes the volume.

Together with numerous other collections of complimentary verses (all found under Royal 12 A) it was incorporated into the Royal Collections which George II presented to the British Museum in 1757.

Full title:
Complimentary verses to Edward VI
Created:
1552
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Greek
Creator:
John Fowler (author), Christopher Johnson (author), Thomas Stapleton (author)
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Royal MS 12 A XXXIII

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