The Education of a Patron

I—England, France, and Germany
  • John Buxton


There is no need here to recount the earlier history of patronage in England. Chaucer owed much to the favour of John of Gaunt and to the taste of Richard II; Gower tells us how he met King Richard on the Thames, and was commanded to write the Confessio Amantis;.King Henry VIII welcomed the poets to his court, as he welcomed all artists and scholars, whether Englishmen, Germans, or Italians, whom he could entice thither. In the first twenty years of Elizabeth’s reign, apart from the Queen herself, there were courtiers who were glad to win reputation for patronage of the arts, and among them the Earl of Leicester held an honoured place. Thomas Drant, Archdeacon of Lewes, was not the most distinguished of those who addressed him as Maecenas, but he may speak for the others in some jog-trot lines to Leicester,


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