List of famous courtiers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top courtiers in the world? This includes the most prominent courtiers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable courtiers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic courtiers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned courtiers.
Items here include everything from Walter Raleigh to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.From reputable, prominent, and well known courtiers to the lesser known courtiers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the courtier field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous courtiers ever?" and "What are the names of famous courtiers?" then you're in the right place. (28 items)
Sir Walter Raleigh was an English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. He was cousin to Sir Richard Grenville and younger half-brother of Sir Humphrey Gilbert. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England. Raleigh was born to a Protestant family in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne. Little is known of his early life, though he spent some time in Ireland, in Killua Castle, Clonmellon, County Westmeath, taking part in the suppression of rebellions and participating in the Siege of Smerwick. Later, he became a landlord of property confiscated from the native Irish. He rose rapidly in the favour of Queen ...moresee more on Walter Raleigh
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, was an English peer and courtier of the Elizabethan era. Oxford was heir to the second oldest earldom in the kingdom, a court favourite for a time, a sought-after patron of the arts, and noted by his contemporaries as a lyric poet and playwright, but his reckless and volatile temperament precluded him from attaining any courtly or governmental responsibility and contributed to the dissipation of his estate. Since the 1920s he has been the most popular alternative candidate proposed for the authorship of Shakespeare's works. Oxford was the only son of John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford, and Margery Golding. After the death of his father in 1562, he became a ...moresee more on Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford
Sir Thomas Overbury was an English poet and essayist, also known for being the victim of a murder which led to a scandalous trial. His poem A Wife, which depicted the virtues that a young man should demand of a woman, played a large role in the events that precipitated his murder. ...moresee more on Thomas Overbury
Sir John Harington, of Kelston, was a courtier, author and master of art, popularly known as the inventor of the flush toilet. He became a prominent member of Queen Elizabeth I's court, and was known as her "saucy Godson". But because of his poetry and other writings, he fell in and out of favour with the Queen. The work for which he is best known today, A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, called the Metamorphosis of Ajax is a political allegory and a coded attack on the monarchy. His New Discourse described a forerunner to the modern flush toilet that was installed at his house at Kelston. ...moresee more on John Harington