Richard Fanshawe

(1608—1666) diplomat and translator

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poet, translator, diplomat, born in Hertfordshire, and educated at Cambridge. He supported the Royalist cause, and after the Restoration he was ambassador in Portugal, then Spain, where he died. He published a translation of Guarini's Il Pastor Fido (The Faithful Shepherd, 1647): a reissue in 1648 contained some of his own poems, including an ode urging the pleasures of country living, some Spenserian stanzas, and translations of sonnets from the Spanish. A selection from Horace (1652) was followed by the Lusiads of Camões (1655).

Subjects: Literature.

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