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THE ARTE OR CRAFTE OF RHETHROYKE

" Mem. A horse and money given to Leonard Cokks to convey stuff from Tournay to Antwerp . . . Money given to Leonard Cox, Shurland the jester and gunner, and to Matthew's brother at his going to school at Paris."

I lie next definite date in the life of Cox which I can discover is the publication in 1524 of his scholia, in Latin on the Latin poem on Hunting by the Cardinal Adrian.[1] This work is dedicated by Cox to lodoco Ludovico Dedo serenissimo ac potentissimo Regi Poloniæ â Secretis. Moecenati suO S. D. P." and the dedication is dated "ex Gymnasio nostro Cassoviæ [2] IIII Calendas Maij. Anno à Natali Servatoris. M.D.XXII" The work was published at Cracow in June of the same year. On the title page the poem is described as accompanied with "Scholiis non ineruditis Leonardi Coxi Britanni." All these references can hardly apply to a man less than twenty-four years of age.

Cox is said to have been the second son of Lawrence Cox of the city of Monmouth in Monmouthshire by Elizabeth Willey

Education

his wife, and the grandson of John Cox.[3] Of his education before entering college we know nothing beyond Bale's general statement that " from his very childhood he was well instructed in liberal studies," nor do we know the date of his entering or of his receiving his degree at Cambridge, where it is stated that he was educated.[4] It is probable, however, that he graduated before 1518, for without a universitv training, even in those days of precocious learning, he could hardly have occupied the position we find him holding in Poland in 1518 and again in 1524. and have published such work as he then did.

In 1524 at any rate Cox was abroad again, as we have seen. There he remained at least until 1527, since in 1526 we find him

Travels

publishing another work in Cracow,[5] his Methodus Studioru mHumaniorum,and in 1527 Erasmus is writing to him about affairs in Hungary.[6]

  1. See entry of the title below, p. 18. There is a copy in the British Musuem
  2. I. e., doubtless Casehau, or Kaschau. in Upper Hungary.
  3. Cooper, Ath. Cantab. I.94; Chalmers, Biog. Dict.: Dict. Natl. Biogg.
  4. Cooper, loc. cit.
  5. Panzer, Annales Tyfwgrafikifi. See infra p. 1 8.
  6. See below, p. 11.