John Bodenham

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John Bodenham
Bornc. 1559
Diedc. 1610 (aged c. 50)
Years activec. 1600

John Bodenham (c. 1559 – 1610), an English anthologist, was the patron of some of the Elizabethan poetry anthologies.


Bodenham was the eldest of the five children of William Bodnam, a London grocer, and Katherine Wanton of York. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School.[1]

According to Bullen in the Dictionary of National Biography, Bodenham did not himself edit any of the Elizabethan miscellanies attributed to him by bibliographers, but projected their publication and befriended their editors.[2]




Bullen, Arthur Henry (1886). "Bodenham, John" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 05. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 291–292.