Sir William Davenant
English Poet and Playwrite
Thou art is a boy!
~Born in late February 1606 in Oxford.
~Educated at St. Paul's Parish
~Taken out of school early
~"Ode in Remembrance of Shakespeare" written @ 12 years
~ @ 15 years, studied at Lincoln College, but left early because of father's death
~Page to the Dutchess of Richmond
~Clerk to Lord Brooke - dramatic career began
~He contracted the Grand Pox
~The treatment caused the disfiguration of his nose
~Killed a man for making fun of him
~Fled to Holland and was convicted of murder
~King liked him = allowed to return to England
~Wrote: The Tragedy of Albovine, King of the Lombards, The Cruel Brother, The
Colonel (The Siege), The Just Italian
~Poet Laureate- 'Sweet Swan of Isis'
~First play perfomed by King's Men in 1627 - 'The Wits'
~Plays were heroic dramas
~Themes = Love and Honor
~First brought women onto English stage
~Knighted at the siege of The Idle of Rhe in 1643 by Charles II
~Manager of Duke's Theatre
To be or not to be...... Shakespeare's son?
~Rumors were spread that Davenant was Shakespeare's illegitimite son.
~NOT TRUE = Godfather
~Shakespeare's family lived in Stratford while he had to continue to travel to London for work.
~Stayed at the Crown Tavern while traveling through Oxford.
~Became good friends with proprietor, John Davenant.
~John and wife, Jane, have son = William Davenant
~Shakespeare named Godfather at baptism.
All good things must come to an end....
~Died on April 7, 1668
~Burried in the Poet's Corner of the Westminster Abbey
~ 'O Rare S. William Davenant'