Lord Herbert of Chirbury (1582-1648) an Intellectual Biography

Traces the life of Chirbury from birth to death, chronicling the travels, poetry, philosophy, and theology of a now-neglected figure who was well known in his own day and whose books were read and commented on by Descartes, Hobbes, and Comenius.


"It would be impossible to write a study of this sort without being fairly well versed in Renaissance history, philosophy, theology, and literature, particularly poetry, and it is a tribute to Butler's energy, as much as his capacity, that he would embark on such an undertaking. . . . certainly the first of its scope in English, and it is a welcome addition to Renaissance scholarship. . . . the ninety-some pages he allots to Lord Herbert's poems amount to the most extensive evaluation of his poetic achievement in English, an evaluation which, I believe, is much overdue. . . . an important acquisition for all major academic libraries." - The Sixteenth Century Journal