Wyatt, Thomas, Sir (M)

d. 1542. Nationality: English.
Poet and ambassador. Born c. 1503; died c. 6 October 1542. Poet in the court of King Henry VIII. Educated at St John’s College, Cambridge. Married Elizabeth Brooke c. 1520. Held many positions in court in between his diplomatic service and imprisonments throughout his life. In 1526 he accompanied Sir Thomas Cheney to France and went to the papal state in 1527 with Sir John Russell. Knighted in 1535. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1536 with the five men who were accused of adultery with Anne Boleyn but was released a month and a half later. Became ambassador to Spain in 1537-1540, a difficult time as Henry VIII had recently divorced Catherine of Aragon. Returned to England and was arrested for treason and because of his association with Thomas Cromwell several months later in January 1541, then released in March. In December 1541 he became MP for Kent. Many of his poems appear in *Songes and Songettes* (1557) by Henry Tottel. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (CC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
“Blame Not My Lute” 1892-05 Victorian Magazine Poet 1534