Thomas Carew: Chronology of Events

Source: Maclean, Hugh, ed. Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1974. 156-7.
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I594-I595Born, possibly at West Wickham, Kent. His father, Matthew Carew, a lawyer of some distinction, had been a Master in Chancery since I576, and was knighted by James I in I603. The family took up residence in London about I598, but nothing is known of Thomas Carew's early education.
I608Matriculates at Merton College, Oxford; graduates B. A. in January, I6I0/I6II.
I6I2Incorporated B. A. of Cambridge. Admitted to the Middle Temple, presumably intending to enter the legal profession.
I6I3Probably in consequence of his father's financial difficulties, accepts the offer of Sir Dudley Carleton, English Ambassador in Venice, to join Carleton's entourage as a secretary.
I6I5On completion of the embassy's official business, returns to England with Carleton, in December.
I6I6Accompanies Carleton's embassy to the Netherlands. By consequence of some written indiscretions bearing on Carleton's character, returns to England in August, having been discreetly but effectively dismissed from his post.
I6I6-8Unsuccessfully seeking employment from various noble-men; recurrently in attendance at court. Father dies, August, I6I8.
I6I9Makes one of an embassy to Paris headed by Sir Edward Herbert (later Lord Herbert of Cherbury). Perhaps meets the Italian poet Giambattista Marino, resident in Paris from I6I5 to I623.
I622First published poem: commendatory verses prefixed to The Heir, a comedy by Thomas May. "A Rapture" probably composed between I622 and I624. Associating in the early I620's with Jonson and his circle; frequenting the court and cultivating influential persons there.
I630Appointed a Gentlemen of the Privy chamber Extraordinary named Sewer in Ordinary to the King (i.e., a household official in charge of the royal dining arrangements).
I634Carew's masque, Coelum Britannicum, performed at court; published later in the year.
I639Accompanies Charles I's military expedition against Scotland, brought to a bloodless conclusion at Berwick with the Articles of Pacification, June I8.
I640Death. Buried in Saint Dunstan's-in-the-West, Westminster, March 23. Publication of Poems.
I642Publication of Poems, "the second edition revised and enlarged."

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