Marvell, Andrew (16211678)

Marvell, Andrew, poet and politician, born at Worcester; was first a lyric poet, and in politics much of a Royalist, at last a violent politician on the Puritan side, having become connected with Milton and Cromwell; he wrote a tract “On the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government in England” after the Restoration, which brought him into trouble; being a favourite with the king, the king sought to bribe him, but he could not be caught; he died suddenly, and an unfounded rumour was circulated that he had been poisoned (16211678).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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