Wyatt’s contributions to both the English Renaissance and English Literature were extremely significant. As the son of Henry Wyatt, a Privy Councillor in the court of Henry VII, Thomas Wyatt grew up as part of the King’s retinue, and was himself established in service to the young Henry VIII.
Though reminded regularly of his real stature at court, Wyatt was part of Henry VIII’s closest circle. Both men were young, athletic, handsome and intelligent. Wyatt was also shrewdly diplomatic: he realized early that his relationship with the king was a tenuous one, and that many at court would lose their lives if and when they incurred their monarch’s displeasure.
Wyatt was an effective envoy for the court, and conducted diplomatic missions...
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