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Cheynell, Francis

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1608-1665) UK minister, controversialist from a Presbyterian point of view, and author; his Proto SF Satire, Aulicus His Dream, of the Kings Sudden Comming to London (1644 chap), is one of the first texts in English to be set, even notionally, in the future. The pamphlet complicatedly attacks the Royalist newspaper, Mercurius Aulicus, issues of which were routinely smuggled into London, and has no room in its few pages to develop its future setting. [JC]

Francis Cheynell

born Oxford, Oxfordshire: 6 July 1608 [date of baptism]

died Preston, Sussex: buried 13 May 1665



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