George Gascoigne was born in Bedfordshire around 1535, the son of Sir John Gascoigne, a landowner and farmer. He attended Cambridge University, and in 1555 was admitted to Gray’s Inn. Two years later he served as a member of parliament for Bedford, a position he held until 1559. Although Gascoigne belonged to the minor gentry, his class status did not prevent him from a lifetime of financial and legal trouble. His literary career was dominated by financial insecurity, along with a search for patronage and a position at court. In 1570 he was imprisoned for debt, and when he was released he travelled to the Netherlands as part of the military expedition of Humphrey Gilbert, hoping to secure some income. He spent the next few years moving between England and the Continent, until finally,…

1511 words

Citation: Ward, Allyna. "George Gascoigne". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2014 [, accessed 15 July 2024.]

1697 George Gascoigne 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.