Willobie His Avisa


Avisa "The Bird Not Seen"

The Oxford Connection

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The Oxford Connection
There is a definite connection between the libel Willobie His Avisa and Oxford University. The libel has been written by Hadrian Dorell who tells us that he is a * close friend and chamber fellow of the Oxford student Henry Willobie" this tells us that he himself is or was a student at Oxford. The libels keep coming from Oxford and are dated up to 1596. This means the author has ties to Oxford but possibly may not still be attending . Henry Willobie and Richard Barnfield's time at Oxford University overlapped by at least a year and they may well have known each other. Barnfield was proud of his ties with Oxford and in his later works signed himself Richard Barnfield Gent Graduate of Oxford. Despite this Barnfield appears to have to withdraw suddenly from his masters course the exact date of his withdrawal from is unclear, Barnfield was in London at sometime between 1593 and 1594. But I suspect that he maintained close ties with Oxford following his withdrawal.The reason that I think this is because Barnfield didn,t have a mother his beloved aunt had died and he was getting increasingly offside with his puritanical lawyer father so Oxford may have become a surrogate home and family for him.
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