Richard Johnson (16th century)

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Richard Johnson (1573 – c. 1659) was a British romance writer. All that is known of his biography is from internal evidence in his works: he was a London apprentice in the 1590s, and a freeman after 1600.[1]


Johnson's most famous work is The Famous Historie of the Seaven Champions of Christendom (c. 1596). He added a second and a third part in 1608 and 1616.

His other stories include:

The Crown Garland of Golden Roses set forth in Many Pleasant new Songs and Sonnets (1612) was reprinted for the Percy Society in 1842 and 1845.



  1. ^ Proudfoot, Richard. "Johnson, Richard". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/14909.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)