Chapman, George b. 1559 d. May 12, 1634 Poet, Playwright, Translator. He was the first to translate the works of Homer into English, beginning with his "Seven Books of the Iliad" in 1598. This was followed by the complete "Iliad" in 1611, the "Odyssey" in 1615, and "The Whole Works of Homer" in 1616. Chapman took liberties with the material that reflected his own creative concerns but the translations are still a significant literary achievement on their own. In his original writings he addressed moral and philosophical issues. The...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) St Giles in the Fields Churchyard, London, Greater London, England
Hansard, Luke b. July 5, 1752 d. October 29, 1828 Artist. Born in Norwich, he went to London after the expiration of his apprentiship to Stephen White, a Norwich printer. He joined the firm of John Hughs, printer to the House of Commons, who in 1774 made him a partner. In 1800 the buisness came entirely into Hansard's hands and was renamed later as Luke Hansard and Sons. From 1774 until his death he printed the "Journal of the House of Commons." The promptitude and accuracy with which he printed Parliamentary papers were often of the greatest...[Read More] (Bio by: s.canning) St Giles in the Fields Churchyard, London, Greater London, England Plot: Unmarked.
Marvell, Andrew b. 1622 d. 1678 Poet, Tutor, Member of Parliament. The last of the great English metaphysical poets, Marvell, with his refined style, regular metrics, and fondness for heroic couplets, was also a harbinger of the neoclassical age. In spite of these neoclassical characteristics, however, Marvell's blending of the physical and the spiritual, the intellectual depth and ambiguities underlying witty surfaces, and his striking conceits clearly place him in the metaphysical tradition. "To His Coy Mistress," probably...[Read More] (Bio by: NM) St Giles in the Fields Churchyard, London, Greater London, England
Nabbes, Thomas b. 1605 d. April 4, 1641 Dramatist. Nabbes was active during the last decade of the English Renaissance, before the Civil War shut down London's theatres in 1642, and his gently refined plays glance back at earlier stage traditions. He experimented with city comedy ("Covent Garden" and "Tottenham Court", both 1633), Jonsonian comedy ("The Bride", 1638), history play ("Hannibal and Scipio", 1635), verse tragedy ("The Unfortunate Mother", 1640), and royal court masques (including "The Spring's Glory", 1638). With "...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) St Giles in the Fields Churchyard, London, Greater London, England Plot: churchyard, unmarked
Oldcastle, Sir. John Sir John Oldcastle the Lollard (1878?-1417) of Lollardry was hanged and burnt here. He married the heiress of Lord Cobham in 1408 and was known as the good Lord Cobham. Under the rule of Henry IV he performed valuable military service, especially in Wales, where he became a friend of the prince of Wales (later Henry V). His devotion to the teachings of John Wyclif brought upon him in 1413 condemnation for heresy. Oldcastle escaped from the Tower of London and was active in Lollard conspiracies...[Read More] St Giles in the Fields Churchyard, London, Greater London, England
Shirley, James b. September 13, 1596 d. October 27, 1666 Playwright. He was called "The Last of the Elizabethans" because he was the last important dramatist active when Parliament closed England's theatres in 1642. Best known for his comedies of manners, he wrote for the Cockpit Theatre in London before replacing Philip Massinger as dramatist for The King's Men, William Shakespeare's old company, in 1640. Shirley's plays include "The Witty Fair One" (1628), "Hyde Park" (1632), "The Gamester" (1633), and "The Lady of Pleasure" (1635). After his...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) St Giles in the Fields Churchyard, London, Greater London, England
Victims of the 'Popish Plot' conspiracy d. 1678 (circa) In the churchyard, exact location unknown, are buried the victims of the 'Popish Plot' conspiracy devised by the informer Titus Oates. He falsely claimed there was a Jesuit-led conspiracy to support the invasion of England by France. After grossly unfair trials including extensive use of perjured witnesses, 15 innocent people were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn and buried at St. Giles (d. 1678-1681). Many were later beatified or canonised, including St. Oliver Plunkett. Cause of death: Hung, drawn and quartered St Giles in the Fields Churchyard, London, Greater London, England