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Thomas Coryat (also Coryate)
(c. 1577 – 1617) was an English traveller and writer
of the late Elizabethan and
early Jacobean age.
He is principally remembered for two volumes of
writings he left regarding his travels, often on
foot, through Europe and parts of Asia. He is often
credited with introducing the table fork to
England, with "Furcifer" (Latin: fork-bearer,
rascal) becoming one of his nicknames
description of how the Italians shielded themselves
from the sun resulted in the word "umbrella"
being introduced into English
Coryat was born in Crewkerne,
lived most of his life in the Somerset village of Odcombe.
He was educated at Winchester
1591, and at Gloucester
1596 to 1599. He
was employed by Prince
eldest son ofJames
a sort of "court jester" from 1603 to 1607,
Donne and Inigo