Baron Brooke Fulke Greville

1554–1628
Baron Brooke Fulke Greville

Fulke Greville, Baron Brooke was better known in his day as a statesman than as an author: he served four terms in England’s Parliament and held important posts under both Elizabeth I and James I. But the publication of his poems and other writings five years after his death revealed another facet of this versatile man, and established his reputation as a distinctive minor literary figure. In 1609 The Tragedy of Mustapha was printed without Greville’s authorization; it contains the famous “Chorus Sacerdotum,” or “Priest’s Chorus,” but was meant to be read rather than performed.

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