Sir Henry Lee

(c. 1533—1611) queen's champion

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master of the armoury and ranger of Woodstock, was closely involved in much Elizabethan pageantry and probably initiated around 1570 the celebration of the queen's accession day (17 Nov.) with tilts and allegorical devices: some of these are reflected in Sidney's revised Arcadia. He played a part in the Woodstock entertainments of 1575 and 1592, and his own retirement as queen's champion in 1590, when what has been claimed as his own poem, ‘His Golden lockes, | Time hath to Silver turn'd’, was sung; it was commemorated by G. Peele in his Polyhymnia. He appears in Scott's Woodstock.

Subjects: Literature.

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