Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke

Ivor Griffiths, Poet, Novelist & Short Story Writer

:: Poet Home :: Poetry :: Short Stories :: Contact ::
(Redirected from Fulke Greville)
Jump to: navigation, search
Edmund Lodge: Portrait of Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke (1554-1628). English poet and courtier.
Edmund Lodge: Portrait of Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke (1554-1628). English poet and courtier.
This article is about the Elizabethan author. For other people with similar names, see Fulke Greville (disambiguation).

Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke (3 October 1554 – 30 September 1628), known before 1621 as Sir Fulke Greville, was a minor Elizabethan poet, dramatist, and statesman.

Born at Beauchamp Court, Warwickshire, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Jesus College, Cambridge, he was a friend and contemporary of Sir Philip Sidney at Shrewsbury, enrolling on the same day. He was knighted in 1597. After a distinguished administrative career under Elizabeth I and James I, in the course of which he served successively as Secretary to the Principality of Wales, Treasurer of the Navy, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, he was created Baron Brooke on 29 January 1621 with special remainder to the heirs of his cousin, Robert Greville, whom he had adopted. He was also de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke (though was never recognised as such).

He was murdered by an old servant in 1628 and is buried in the church at Warwick. The inscription on his tomb, written by himself, is a compendious biography. It runs: "Fulke Greville, servant to Queen Elizabeth, counsellor to King James, friend to Sir Philip Sidney".


  • 1 Works
  • 2 References
  • 3 See also
  • 4 Links


His works consist of tragedies and sonnets, and poems on political and moral subjects. His style is grave and sententious.

Towards the end of his life, his varied literary output was gathered together and published:

  • in 1633: two tragedies (Alaham and Mustapha); a sonnet cycle (Caelica); and a philosophical treatise in verse (A Treatie of Humane Learning)
  • in 1652: The Life of the Renowned Sir Philip Sidney, a biography of his schoolfellow

Later, his works were collected and reprinted by Dr Grosart, in 1870, in four volumes; a selection from this was later published in 1895 as The Friend of Sir Philip Sidney.

  • This article incorporates public domain text from: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J.M. Dent & sons; New York, E.P. Dutton.
  • The above article refers to Fulke Greville III (1554-1628), son of Fulke Greville II (d. 1606), and grandson of Fulke Greville I (d. 1554), whose tomb is in St Nicholas Church, Alcester. This information was taken from the Alcester & District Local History Society website [1]

See also

  • Canons of Elizabethan poetry


  • Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke at the “Luminarium”
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Leicester
Custos Rotulorum of Warwickshire
bef. 1594 – aft. 1596
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Leigh
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Leigh
Custos Rotulorum of Warwickshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Denbigh
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir John Hawkins
Treasurer of the Navy
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Mansell
Preceded by
Sir Julius Caesar
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Weston
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Fulke Greville
Baron Latimer
(de jure)

Succeeded by
Margaret Verney
Baron Willoughby de Broke
(de jure)

Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Brooke
Succeeded by
Robert Greville
. . .
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from a Wikipedia article. To access the original click here.
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.
A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU
Free Documentation License".