Sir Thomas Hoby

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  • Thomas Olsen (SUNY, New Paltz)

Sir Thomas Hoby is principally remembered for his elegant and influential English translation of one of early modern Europe’s most popular books, Count Baldassare Castiglione’s Il Cortigiano (The Courtier). But in his own day, Hoby was also a rising star in the world of Tudor diplomacy and praised as a man of learning and cultivation.

Hoby was born in Leominster in 1530, into a distinguished Herefordshire family .The son of William Hoby and his second wife, Catherine Fordun, Thomas was only eight years old by the time that his half-brother, Sir Philip Hoby, some 25 years his senior, had already made a name for himself as a successful diplomat with the promise of a very distinguished career ahead of him. It …

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Olsen, Thomas. "Sir Thomas Hoby". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 February 2006
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