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Anthony Copley (1567–1607) was an English Catholic. He reproached the Jesuits and their meditations on martyrdom, and loyally praised Queen Elizabeth. He is principally known to posterity for his long allegorical poem in 1596 opposing voluntary death, in parody of Book I of The Faerie Queene, entitled A Fig for Fortune. He also wrote Another Letter of Mr A. C. to his dis-jesuited Kinseman (1602), and Wits Fittes and Fancies.

A Fig for Fortune was itself parodied in the writing of Hamlet (source Eleanor Prosser, Hamlet's Revenge.)


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