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Howard, Henry

Born: 1517 AD
Died: 1547 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Earl

1517 – Henry Howard was born in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire. English poet and soldier.

1524 – He was given the title "Earl of Surrey" by courtesy on the passing away of his grandfather, Thomas, Earl of Surrey Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, when his father was created 3rd Duke of Norfolk.

1532 – Married the Earl of Oxford’s daughter, Lady Frances de Vere, Surrey accompanied his first cousin Anne Boleyn, the King, and the Duke of Richmond to France, staying there for over a year as a member of the entourage of Francis I.

1536 – Surrey served with his father against the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion which protested against the King’s dissolution of the monasteries.

1537 – Surrey’s famous poem "Prisoned in Windsor", in which he recalls his boyhood days in Windsor.

1541 – He was made Knight of the Garter.

1542-1543 – He was imprisoned in the Fleet prison twice.

         – Surrey was released and served the king in the war with Scotland.

1545-1546 – He became Commander of the garrison of Boulogne.

1547 – Arrested along with his father on charges of treason, they were imprisoned in the Tower, condemned and executed on January 19th on Tower Hill.

1554-1557 – Surrey was also the first English poet to publish in blank verse, in his translation of part of Virgil’s Aeneid. Book 4 was published and Book 2 three years after

         – Surrey’s poetry circulated in manuscript form at court. He published his Epitaph on Sir Thomas Wyatt, but most of his poetry first appeared, ten years after his death, in printer Richard Tottel’s Songs and Sonnets written by the Right Honorable Lord Henry Howard late Earl of Surrey and other.