Henry Peacham (born 1546)

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The Worth of a Peny, Henry Peacham the Elder

Henry Peacham (1546–1634), sometimes called Henry Peacham the Elder, was an English curate, best known for his treatise on rhetoric entitled The Garden of Eloquence, first published in 1577. He lived at Leverton-in-Holland, in Lincolnshire, and was the father of Henry Peacham the Younger, who also became an author.[1]

Further reading

  • Shawn Smith, "Henry Peacham the Elder," The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 236: British Rhetoricians and Logicians, 1500–1660, First Series, Detroit: Gale, 2001, pp. 188–201.
  • Willard R. Espy, The Garden of Eloquence: A Rhetorical Bestiary, New York: Dutton, 1983
  • Alan R. Young, "Henry Peacham, Author of The Garden of Eloquence (1577): A Biographical Note," Notes and Queries, vol. 24, 1977, pp. 503–507
Page from Minerua Britanna or A garden of heroical deuises, 1612


  1. Peacham, Henry (the Younger), 'Minerva Brittana (London, 1612), p. 170, emblem "Zelus in Dream"


  • Peacham, Henry (1954) [1593]. The Garden of Eloquence. Gainesville, Fla.: Softcover: Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints. p. 280. Retrieved 24 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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