Robert Anton, Moriomachia, Proquest, 2010. Courtesy

Rev. Robert Anton (1585-1617fl.) was an English poet and curate.[1]


Supposedly a son of George Anton, recorder of Lincoln, Robert Anton was born in St Leonard's, Foster Lane, London.

He entered Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1606, and earned a B.A. in 1609. He became curate of Shalford in 1616, and took holy orders in 1618.[1]

Ordained deacon in 1610, he became curate of Shalford, Surrey in 1616 and was ordained priest at Gloucester in 1618.[2]


A unique quarto prose tract of Anton's, in black letter, entitled Moriomachia, imprinted at London by Simon Stafford, 1613, is preserved in Sir Charles Isham's library at Lamport Hall. Moriomachia – featuring a bull-turned-man engaging in mock-heroic battle over his armour at the court of Moropolis – was "one of the earliest English responses to Don Quixote".[3]

Anton was also the author of a quarto volume of satires, published in 1616, under the title of The Philosophers Satyrs. A second edition appeared in the following year, bearing the title Vices Anatomic Scourged and Corrected in New Satires. There are 7 pieces, each being named after 1 of the 7 planets (an idea borrowed from Ariosto). The chief interest of the book, which is written in curiously strained language, lies in the references to Beaumont, Spenser, Jonson, Chapman, and Daniel. a Shakespearian allusion also occurs—' What Comedies of errors swell the stage,' &c.[4]



  • The Philosophers Satyrs. London: Thomas Creede & Bernard Alsop for Roger Iackson, 1616.
  • Vices Anotimie [sic]: Scourged and corrected, in new satirs. London: Bernard Alsop for Roger Iackson, 1617.


  • The valiant Welshman; or, The true chronicle history of the life and valiant deedes of Caradoc the Great, King of Cambria, now called Wales. London: George Purslowe for Robert Lownes, 1615.


  • Moriomachia. London: Simon Stafford, 1613

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Rev. Robert Anton (1585-1618 fl.), English Poetry, 1579-1830. Web, Apr. 19, 2016.
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  3. Colin Burrow, ‘Anton, Robert (fl. 1606–1618)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004, accessed 18 September 2010
  4. Arthur Henry Bullen, Anton, Robert (fl. 1616) Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 2. Web, Apr. 19, 2016.
  5. Search results = au:Robert Anton, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 19, 2016.

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PD-icon.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain, the Dictionary of National Biography (edited by Leslie Stephen). London: Smith, Elder, 1885-1900. Original article is at: Anton, Robert (fl. 1616)

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