This is the first full collected edition of the works of the seventeenth-century poet and translator Sir Richard Fanshawe, an exceptionally gifted linguist, recognized in his won life-time as a fine Latinist and renowned for his verse translations from Latin, Italian, Spanish, and Portugese,as well as from English into Latin. The vitality of Fanshawe's translations evokes a sense of genuine passion felt by the translator and communicated through his re-working of the texts, in addition to providing more mechanical evidence of his linguistic and poetic competence. This volume containsa thorough commentary, containing a significant amount of new information and providing and acute and sympathetic critical assessment of Fanshawe's work. Much of the material in this edition appears in print for the first time and is base on a completely new corpus of authoritative printed material in Britain, America, and Portugal. In many cases, the text is drawn from printed texts marked up by Fanshawe or his immediate family, or frommanuscripts originating close to the poet himself, thus representing his works in the form in which they were known in Fanshawe's family and immediate circle. Original spelling and punctuation are, similarly, closely adhered to throughout. Davidson also provides a full and detailed commentary onFanshaw's less-familiar original poems and incorporates a chronology of Fanshawe's life and works, thus setting his translations in the context of the political realities and quotidian existence of seventeenth-century England.