Thomas churchyard pen sword and ego matthew woodcock on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers soldier courtier author entertainer and amateur spy thomas churchyard c1529 1604 saw action in most of the principal tudor theatres of war. Thomas churchyard pen sword and ego matthew woodcock the first ever book length biography of thomas churchyard the most detailed and up to date study of churchyards writings and his relationship to a host of literary and historical figures from the henrician through to the jacobean eras. Soldier courtier author entertainer and amateur spy thomas churchyard c1529 1604 saw action in most of the principal tudor theatres of war was a servant to five monarchs and had a literary career spanning over half a century during which time he produced over fifty different works in a variety of forms and genres. Churchyards struggles to subsist as an author and soldier provides an unrivalled opportunity to examine the self promotional strategies employed by an individual who attempts to make a living from both writing and fighting and who experiments throughout his life with ways in which the arts of the pen and sword may be reconciled and aligned. Thomas churchyard pen sword and ego matthew woodcock oup 2016 358pp xx this is a superb study of the life of thomas churchyard a tudor writer soldier poet and courtier he was born about 1529 and died in 1604 as a teenage courtier he served in the retinue of the then earl of surrey and was at the siege of landrecies and then at
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