Abraham Hartwell: Basilis Epistemon

Scope and Content

Abraham Hartwell, 'Basilis epistemon, sive de serenissimae D. Elisabethae Angliae Franciae et Hyberniae Reginae, fidei defensatricis in Academiam Cantabrigiensem adventu Ao. 1564° Aug. 5° narratio Abraham Hartwelli Cantabrigiensis ad clarissimum virum D. Gualterum Haddonum Regiae Maiestati a supplicum libellis', 67 folios. The MS is a poem in elegiacs, containing over fifteen hundred lines: (fo. 3) dedication to Queen Elizabeth I; (fo. 5) preface addressed to Walter Haddon; (fo. 14) text. On fo. 2v is '186', encircled. On the front cover and back bookseller's labels is '9'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Abraham Hartwell, the elder, Latin poet, was born in 1542 or 1543, and educated at Eton. He was admitted scholar at King's College, Cambridge, on 25 Aug. 1559, and became a fellow on 26 Aug. 1562. He graduated B.A. in 1563, and M.A. in 1567, and resigned his fellowship in 1567.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1936.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Hartwell in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. IX (London, 1908), pp. 75-76.

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Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


The preface and text were printed in London, 1565.