Barnabe Barnes

(1571—1609) poet and playwright

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attempted, in 1598, to kill the recorder of Berwick with poisoned claret, but he successfully evaded sentence. He published a sonnet sequence, Parthenophil and Parthenophe: Sonnettes, Madrigals, Elegies, and Odes (1593), notable as one of the first of such collections to appear after Sidney's Astrophel and Stella; A Divine Centurie of Spirituall Sonnets (1595); Foure Bookes of Offices (1606); and The Divils Charter: A Tragaedie Conteining the Life and Death of Pope Alexander the Sixt (1607), a vigorous Machiavellian drama which includes such melodramatic scenes as the murder of Lucrezia Borgia with poisoned face wash. Barnes's poetry is remarkable for its vigour and technical range.

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