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'His life,' wrote Samuel Johnson, 'was busy but not long.' In his allotted span, George Stepney achieved much. A friend of Marlborough, a member of the influential Kit-Kat Club, and a respected poet, he also had a remarkable career as a diplomat. The product of ten years' research in archives throughout Europe, this first-ever biography of this important but neglected 17th-century figure charts his life and work, assesses his missions in Germany, Poland and Hungary, and evaluates his poetry.