Judging by the records of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he became a student of the Greek scholar and composer George Etherage in 1539, the poet, playwright, composer and performer Richard Edwards was probably born in the county of Somerset in September 1524. He supplicated for his BA in May 1544 (admitted 3 November) and became a Probationer Fellow at the college on 11 August. Two years later he became lecturer in logic at Christ Church, Oxford, which was then newly re-established as Henry VIII’s flagship college for the reformed church. He was most probably preferred to the court of Edward VI through his Christ Church contacts, since the Dean of the College, Richard Cox, was also one of the boy king’s tutors.
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King, Ros. "Richard Edwards". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 June 2002
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