See also:English pamphleteer, commonly called the "
See also:Water-Poet," was
See also:born at
See also:Gloucester on the 24th of
See also:August 1580 . After fulfilling his apprenticeship to a waterman, he served (1596) in
See also:fleet, and was
See also:present at
See also:Flores in 1597 and at the
See also:siege of Cadiz . On his return to England he became a
See also:Thames waterman, and was at one timecollector of the perquisites exacted by the
See also:lieutenant of the Tower . He was an expert in the
See also:art of self-advertisement, and achieved notoriety by a series of eccentric journeys . With a
See also:companion as
See also:feather-brained as himself he journeyed from
See also:London to
See also:Queenborough in a paper
See also:boat, with two stockfish tied to canes for oars . The Pennyles Pilgrimage, or the Moneylesse Perambulation of
See also:Taylor . . . how he travailed on
See also:foot from London to Edenborough in Scotland . . . 1618, contains the account of a
See also:journey perhaps suggested by
See also:Jonson's celebrated undertaking, though Taylor emphatically denies any intention of burlesque . He went as far as
See also:Aberdeen . At
See also:Leith he met Jonson, who
See also:good-naturedly gave him twenty-two shillings to drink his
See also:health in England . Other travels undertaken for a wager were a journey to
See also:Prague, where he is said to have been entertained (162o) by the
See also:queen of Bohemia, and those described respectively in A very merry, wherry
See also:ferry voyage, or Yorke for my
See also:money, and A New
See also:Discovery by
See also:sea with a Wherry from London to
See also:Salisbury (1623) .
At the out-break of the
See also:civil war Taylor began to keep a public-
See also:house at
See also:Oxford, .but when his friends the Royalists were obliged to surrender the city he returned to London, where he set up a similar business at the sign of " The
See also:Crown " in Phoenix
See also:Alley, Long Acre . At the
See also:time of the
See also:king's execution he changed his sign to the
See also:Mourning Crown, but the authorities objected, and he substituted his own portrait . He was buried in the churchyard of St
See also:Fields on the 5th of
See also:December 1653 . Taylor gave himself the title of " the king's water-poet and the queen's water-man." He was no poet, though he could
See also:string rhymes together on occasion . His gifts
See also:lay in a coarse, rough and ready wit, a
See also:talent for narrative, and a considerable command of repartee, which made him a dangerous enemy .
See also:Thomas Coryate, the author of the Crudities, was one of his favourite butts, and he roused Taylor's
See also:special anger because he persuaded the authorities to have burnt one of Taylor's
See also:pamphlets directed against him . This was Laugh and be
See also:Fat (1615?), a parody of the Odcombian Banquet . Sixty-three of Taylor's "
See also:works " appeared in one
See also:volume in 163o . This was reprinted by the Spenser Society in 1868-9, being followed by other tracts not included in the collection (187o-8) . Some of his more amusing productions were edited (1872) by
See also:Hindley as The Works of John Taylor . They provide some very entertaining
See also:reading, but in spite of the
See also:legend on one of his title-pages, " Lastly that (which is Rare in a Travailer) all is true," it is permissible to exercise some
See also:mental reservations in accepting his statements . Mr Hindley edited other tracts of Taylor's in his Miscellanea
See also:Antigua Anglicana (1873) .
JEREMY TAYLOR (1613-1667)
JOHN TAYLOR (1704-1766)
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