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D'Avenant, William, Sir (also William Davenant)

Born: 1606 AD
Died: 1668 AD, at 62 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Dramatist, Poets


1606 - Born in Oxford, on the 28th of February, the son of Jane Shepherd Davenant and John Davenant, proprietor of the Crown Tavern (or Crown Inn) and mayor of Oxford.


1620 - Attended Lincoln College, Oxford, but left before gaining any degree.


Wrote plays "The Cruel Brother" 1630, "The Wits" 1636, opera "Siege of Rhodes" 1656.


1638 - Davenant was named Poet Laureate.


1641 - He was declared guilty of high treason.


1645 - He was appointed Emissary to France.


1649 - Became treasurer of the colony of Virginia by Charles II.


1650 - He was made lieutenant governor of Maryland, but was captured at sea, imprisoned, and sentenced to death.


1651 - Imprisoned in the Tower of London, where at the time Gondibert was written.


1654 - Pardoned after a years of imprisonment.


1656 - Performed the "The Siege of Rhodes" at Rutland House.


1659 - Once again he was imprisoned for his part in Sir George Booth's uprising at Cheshire.


         - He was released the same year though and fled to France.


1668 - He died in London on 7th of April, and was buried in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey.






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