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Edmund Waller

(1606—1687) poet and politician

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Charles Gounod

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Paris, 1818; d St‐Cloud, 1893).

Fr. composer, conductor, and organist. Won Grand Prix de Rome 1839; impressed by Rome and made special study of Palestrina. Became org. at Paris...

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Charles Sedley

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(?1639–1701),

dramatist and poet, friend of Rochester and Dryden, was famous for his wit and urbanity and notorious for his profligate escapades. His tragedy Antony and Cleopatra...

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Earl of Clarendon Edward Hyde

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — History.

(1609–74),

entered Parliament in 1640 and at first sided with the popular party, but as a strong Anglican he was from 1641 onwards one of the chief supporters and advisers of the...

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Hampshire

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

Was essentially the hinterland of the great port of Southampton from which it took its name, plus the Isle of Wight. At the time of the Roman occupation, the region was inhabited by the...

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Henry Lawes

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Dinton, Wilts., bapt. 5 Jan. 1596; d London, 21 Oct. 1662).

English singer and composer, the elder brother of William Lawes. He was brought up in Salisbury, and may ...

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John Denham

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1615–69),

born in Dublin, is chiefly known for his topographical poem Cooper's Hill (piratically published 1642), an early and influential example of what was to become a very...

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Lucius Cary, Lord Falkland

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — British History.

(1610–43).

Falkland was educated in Ireland, where his father was viceroy, but settled at Great Tew, outside Oxford. This became, in the words of Clarendon, ‘a university bound in...

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Maid's Tragedy

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

A tragedy by Beaumont and Fletcher, published 1619.

Amintor, a gentleman of Rhodes, breaks his engagement to Aspatia at the king's request and marries Evadne, sister to his friend...

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manuscript

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

1. A hand-written book.

2. A document submitted to a publisher for publication.

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Oliver Cromwell

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(1599–1658).

General and lord protector. It is still difficult to appreciate the unique character of Cromwell's career. In a country governed by custom, precedent, and the common...

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