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This essay argues that Thomas Tusser's popular book of georgic verse, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, offered a counter to developments in courtly poetry under Elizabeth I. Critics have long disparaged Tusser's poetry as naïvely rustic, but Tusser was not an uneducated peasant who happened to pick up enough literacy to pen a book of poems. On the contrary, Tusser was well-educated and deeply familiar with trends in Continental and English poetry. He studied under John Redford anddoi:10.17613/0bxf-rb94 fatcat:cwi7tprc3jelbm2h7ebd6v2tea