Emilia Lanier Biography
Birthday: 1569 (Capricorn)
Born In: Bishopsgate, London, England
Emilia Lanier was an English poet and the first English woman to publish a separate book of poems. She belonged to the early modern era. Born to a royal musician, she was raised in the house of Countess of Kent, Susan Bertie. She lost her father when she was just seven years old, following which she began living with Susan. It was in the house of Susan that Emilia received her primary education and became well-versed in Latin. After her mother passed away, she caught the attention of Henry Carey, the first Lord Hunsdon, who was also Queen Elizabeth’s lord chamberlain. He appointed Emilia as his mistress and she stayed his mistress for many years. She began writing poems in her adulthood and at the age of 42 she published her first poetry collection, ‘Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.’ It was rare among English women in that time to publish poems at professional level. Several of her poems carried feminist themes.