Abraham Cowley was educated at Trinity College, University of Cambridge where he obtained the degrees of Batchelor of Arts (1639) and Master of Arts (1643). He was made a fellow in 1640. At an early age he started to write verse, publishing his first volume in 1643. During the Civil War the Parliamentary party deprived Cowley of his fellowship and he moved to Oxford. He followed Queen Henrietta Maria to France as her secretary, also acting as a royalist agent. He returned to England in 1654 and began studying medicine at Oxford University, becoming a Doctor of Medicine in 1657. Cowley regained his fellowship at Cambridge at the Restoration and retired to Chertsey where he wrote essays and studied botany. During his lifetime his verse was held in high esteem and his collected works were published in 1668.
Abraham Cowley (b.1618, d.1667); Poetry; Medicine; Portraits