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Born at Beauchamp Court, Warwickshire, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Jesus College, Cambridge, he was a friend and contemporary of Sir Philip Sidney at Shrewsbury, enrolling on the same day. He was knighted in 1597. After a distinguished administrative career under Elizabeth I and James I, in the course of which he served successively as Secretary to the Principality of Wales, Treasurer of the Navy, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, he was created Baron Brooke on 29 January 1621 with special remainder to the heirs of his cousin, Robert Greville, whom he had adopted. He was also de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke (though was never recognised as such).
He was murdered by an old servant in 1628 and is buried in the church at Warwick. The inscription on his tomb, written by himself, is a compendious biography. It runs: "Fulke Greville, servant to Queen Elizabeth, counsellor to King James, friend to Sir Philip Sidney".
His works consist of tragedies and sonnets, and poems on political and moral subjects. His style is grave and sententious.
Towards the end of his life, his varied literary output was gathered together and published:
- in 1633: two tragedies (Alaham and Mustapha); a sonnet cycle (Caelica); and a philosophical treatise in verse (A Treatie of Humane Learning)
- in 1652: The Life of the Renowned Sir Philip Sidney, a biography of his schoolfellow
Later, his works were collected and reprinted by Dr. Grosart, in 1870, in four volumes; a selection from this was later published in 1895 as The Friend of Sir Philip Sidney.