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Berkenhead Sir John

(1617—1679) journalist and poet


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(1617–79),

pamphleteer and the principal editor and writer of the influential Royalist Oxford‐based news‐book Mercurius Aulicus (1643–5), which was renowned for its cavalier insouciance and wit and condemned by its opponents as a ‘Court Buffon’. Berkenhead also wrote polite and satiric verse. He is notable as one of the first writers to make a career in journalism. See also Newspapers.

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