publication . Article . 1880

The Origin of the Office of Poet Laureate

Hamilton, Walter;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 1880 Journal: Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, volume 8, pages 20-35 (issn: 0080-4401, eissn: 1474-0648, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Abstract
In a recently published work the author has presented biographical details of the Poets Laureate of England; the object of this paper is to place before the Royal Historical Society in a concise form all the reliable information he has obtained as to the origin of the office. From the appointment of Chaucer about five hundred years have elapsed, and during that period a long line of poets have held the title of Laureate. For the first two hundred years they were somewhat irregularly appointed, but from the creation of Richard Edwards in 1561, they come down to the present time without interruption.
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