Translation (Charles Butler:) "best poets"* * Those amongst our poets most deserving of comparison with Homer, Virgil and Ovid are Edmund Spencer, Samuel Daniel, Michael Drayton: and another, full of ingenuity and artistic skill (of which this age is fertile ). first of all a teacher, alone obscured by the light of his time, --- [and]Geoffrey Chaucer.
It wasn’t until 1586 that it was recognized that the head of the honey bee colony is a female queen. This news was popularized by Charles Butler… prior to that, it was assumed the head of the colony must be a male – a ‘king’.
Even William Shakespeare, in Henry V, refers to honey bees living in a kingdom, with a king as ruler.” “6 years after Queen Elizabeth death, Charles Butler published "The Feminine Monarchie" (1609).
On the surface, the book reflected a dominant philosophy of seventeenth-century England - that is, nature was a model for human virtue.