Thomas Wyatt (b.1503) was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, UK, and became a popular member of Henry VIII's household at Hampton Court. He served on various missions for the king, and was knighted for his efforts in 1532. In 1536 he was thrown into the Tower of London on suspicion of being one of Anne Boleyn's lovers - and again in 1538, after accusations of misconduct in his post as ambassador by the Bishop of London. He was pardoned at the request of the Queen.

His first love and wife of 5 years committed adultery, and he seems to have been bitter after that - as has been mentioned, nearly all his poetry is about how love is a bad idea.

See: They Flee from Me