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Re: Biographies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0063  Monday, 14 January 2002

From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Saturday, 12 Jan 2002 15:59:49 -0600
Subject: 13.0041 Biographies
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0041 Biographies

R. A. Cantrell wrote,

>Is there a biography of Henry Carey, 1st Lord Hunsdon, and a more recent
>biography of Francis Walsingham than the Conyers Read (1925) ? Sorry to
>ask such basic questions, but I seem to be fumbling over them.

I don't know of a book-length biography of Henry Carey, but A. L.
Rowse's *Eminent Elizabethans* (1983) contains a 38-page biographical
sketch, the most complete that I'm aware of.  If you're looking for
basic facts and dates, there's always *The Complete Peerage*, where
Carey is on page 627 of volume VI, published in 1926.  I have both of
these if you're looking for something specific.  Of course, most
histories of the Elizabethan era and biographies of Elizabeth discuss
Carey, and many histories of the Elizabethan stage discuss his
theatrical activities, if that's what interests you.  Andrew Gurr's *The
Shakespearean Playing Companies* (1996) has a nice summary of Carey's
history as a theatrical patron.

There has been no book-length biography of Walsingham since Read's, but
P. W. Hasler's *The House of Commons, 1558-1603* (1981), volume 3, pp.
571-4, has an excellent four-page biographical sketch with sources,
incorporating information discovered since Read.  Again, I have this if
you're looking for something specific.  And these aren't biographies per
se, but John Bossy's *Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair* (1991) and
*Under the Molehill: An Elizabethan Spy Story* (2001) have quite a bit
about Walsingham, as do a number of books about the Elizabethan secret
service.

Dave Kathman

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