Most of the available biographical facts derive from Michael Drayton’s own poems and dedications. He was born in northern Warwickshire in 1563 and seems to have been reared and educated in the household of Sir Henry Goodere at Polesworth, not far from his native village of Hartshill. To fulfill his lifelong desire to be a poet, he moved to London at least by 1591, although more likely in the later 1580’s. Beyond reasonable doubt the “Idea” of his sonnets honors Sir Henry’s daughter Anne. Drayton may have been in love with Anne; around 1595, however, she married a man of her own class, Sir Henry Rainsford. Of Drayton’s ever marrying, there is no record. In later years, the poet spent his summers at Clifford Hall, Gloucestershire, the Rainsfords’ seat, and he is known to have been treated by Lady Rainsford’s physician, John Hall, who was Shakespeare’s son-in-law. Although he apparently lived the last forty years of his life in London, Drayton’s fondness for rural England and his admiration for the values of the landed gentry were obviously genuine. He is credited with having been on familiar terms with nearly every important literary Englishman of his time. Dying near the end of 1631, he was buried in Westminster Abbey.