Francis Quarles

QUARLES, Francis. b. Romford, Essex, 1592 (baptized 8 May); d. London (?), 8 September 1644. He retained a strong connection with the county of his birth throughout his life. He was educated at a school ‘in the countrey’ (probably meaning the county) and then at Christ’s College, Cambridge. After graduating in 1609, he studied at Lincoln’s Inn, though he never practised law. He was secretary to Archbishop James Ussher of Armagh (ca. 1626-ca. 1630), returning to London and then to Roxwell, Essex (1632-38) and Terling, Essex (ca. 1639) onwards. A moderate Protestant and royalist during the Civil War, he suffered attacks from the extreme Puritans. He probably died in London. Quarles published...

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