|Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey|
Surrey was a well known poet in Tudor England, writing many verses including "The Means to Attain a Happy Life," "Love That Doth Reign and Live Within My Heart," and even Sir Thomas Wyatt's Epitaph. Surrey, along with Thomas Wyatt, were the first Englishmen to use the Sonnet form when writing poetry. Shakespeare later adopted the style. Surrey is also credited with the invention of Blank Verse, and giving the sonnet form its rhyming meter.
Along with being a poet, Surrey was rumored to have had his hand in match making. When it was suggested that his sister, Mary, marry Thomas Seymour, Surrey objected (as did Mary). The wedding did not take place. Rather, Surrey suggested to his sister that she should seduce the King in order to "wield as much influence on him as Madame d'Etampes doth about the French King..." Mary, having seen the way two of her cousins had gone, volunteered to go ahead and cut her own throat then wait for the King to do it.
Now it's up to you to decide. Was Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey a victim of the times? Was he an innocent poet who fell victim to trumped up charges? Or did he deserve his fate? Was he, in fact, vying for the throne? Did he attempt to use his sister to get close to the King and eventually take the crown?