Katherine Rundell: Thomas Wyatt, 6 December 2012
Show More Thomas Wyatt: The Heart’s Forest by Susan Brigden.
Faber, 714 pp., £30, September 2012, 978 0 571 23584 1Show More
Graven with Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Courtier, Poet, Assassin, Spy by Nicola Shulman.
Short Books, 378 pp., £20, April 2011, 978 1 906021 11 5Show More
“... of expression’. Now English poetry, dormant since Chaucer and Lydgate, got to its feet and sang. John Leland, a friend of Wyatt’s youth, later wrote: ‘The English tongue was rude, its verses vile/Now, skilful Wyatt, it has known your file.’ The only blot on Wyatt’s record was his marriage to the daughter of a Kentish baron, Elizabeth Brooke. We do ...”