1606, Mar1668, Apr 7
an English poet and playwright. Along with Thomas Killigrew, Davenant was one of the rare figures in English Renaissance theatre whose career spanned both the Caroline and Restoration eras and who was active both before and after the English Civil War and during the Interregnum. In 1645, after the decisive Royalist defeat at the Battle of Naseby, he retired to Paris, where he became a Roman Catholic and worked on his epic poem Gondibert.
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Henry Cooke
...the five English composers who created music for Sir William Davenant's The Siege of Rhodes (1656), often called the...
Samuel Fortrey
...on Trade and Commerce, serving as a supplement to William Davenant's Works, 1778, and in the Political Economy Club's...
Matthew Locke
...Rhodes (1656), the breakthrough early opera by Sir William Davenant. Locke wrote music for subsequent William Davenant...
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