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A Brief Look At Sir Thomas Wyatt

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“Noli Me Tangee; for Ceasaris I am,” suggest unrequited love. This term stands for the feeling of being completely, hopelessly, desperately in love with someone, knowing that your feelings will never reach them. This explains a part of Sir Thomas Wyatt’s life. He attended St. Johns College, University of Cambridge. Wyatt also carried out several foreign missions. He also served various offices at home. Wyatt also had many court appearances in his life. He was also famous for his poem “Whose List to Hunt.”
Being the son of Henry and Anne Wyatt, Sir Thomas Wyatt was born at Allington Castle in Kent in 1503. At the age of 17 he named the daughter of Lord Cabham. Wyatt attended St. John’s College, University of Cambridge in 1515. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1518. He later received his Master of Arts degree in 1522. His early marriage to Elizabeth Brooke who was the daughter of Lord Cabham proved to be unhappy. The marriage ended in 1526, with Wyatt’s repudiation of his wife on the ground of adultery. After she had his two children, Thomas and Bess, Wyatt separated from his wife. They were not reconciled or divorced until 1541.
Sir Thomas Wyatt also carried out several foreign missions. Most of the foreign missions Wyatt carried were for King Henry VIII. In 1525 Wyatt participated in the Christmas tournament at Greenwich before King Henry VIII. This was the beginning of Wyatt’s diplomatic carrier. Later in 1526 he accompanied Sir Thomas Chaney on a diplomatic mission to France. Wyatt returned home in May or June of 1527. Also in 1527 Wyatt accompanied Sir John Russell to

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Venice and the papal court in Rome. The following New Year he presented a tribute to Queen Katharine his translation of the De tranquillitate animi of Plutarch. These missions were important from the literary standpoint. Because of them he became acquainted with the work of French and Italian poets.
Even with his many different court appearances Wyatt held many different offices. From 1528 to 1530 Wyatt served as High Marshal at Calais. Also during 1530 to 1536 Henry regularly employed him on diplomatic missions. Wyatt was deputized for his father as chief fewer at the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1533. Sir Thomas Wyatt was also imprisoned on May 1534. He was again arrested and taken to the tower of London. Wyatt was imprisoned in the Fleet prison in London for having a brush with a guard that he ended up killing.
Around that time killing was known as just a misdemeanor much less serious that it would be now. Wyatt was threatened by a greater danger in 1536, were he was arrested and again taken to the Tower of London. He was imprisoned in the Tower for quarreling with the Duke of Suffolk. He then witnessed Anne’s trial and execution for adultery in 1536. Wyatt was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower. Six weeks later Wyatt was released from the prison and was soon nominated by the king as a sheriff of Kent. Which was known as Wyatt’s hometown or birth place?...

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