The Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets/Jasper Heywood
Son of John Heywood, first of Merton, and then of All-Souls-College, Oxon, which he left for St. Omers, where he prov’d a zealous Biggotted Jesuit, and the first that seminary sent for England: some say he was Hanged; others, That he was, with Seventy more, of that and other Orders, taken the Year 1585. and sent away beyond Sea. While he was of Oxford, he translated Three of Seneca’s Plays, (viz.)
Hercules Furens, a Tragedy, 4 to. Compare this with a Tragedy of Euripides, bearing the same Title.
Thyestes, a Tragedy 4 to. which our Author translated, whilst he was of All-Souls, in Oxon; he has added a Scene at the End of the Fifth Act.
Troas, a Tragedy, 4 to. Farnaby stiles this, a Divine Tragedy, and highly commends it; Dan. Heinsius also commends and prefers it before the Troades of Euripides.
These Three Tragedies, translated by our Author from Seneca, are printed together in a Black Letter, 4 to. 1581.
- Fuller’s Worthies, p. 222.
- Baker’s Chron., Reign of Queen Eliz., p. 364.