Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Except for brief prefaces to his books and letters, four of which were published in the Works of his friend William Drummond of Hawthornden, Michael Drayton wrote exclusively in verse. Between about 1597 and 1602, he is reputed to have written or collaborated on twenty plays, all of which are lost except The First Part of the True and Honorable Historie of the Life of Sir John Old-Castle the Good Lord Cobham (pr. 1599). The titles indicate that these were chronicle history plays.