John Birkenhead

Edited by L Egaire Humphrey

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Sir John Birkenhead or Berkenhead (24 March 1616 - 4 December 1679) was a British political writer and journalist, imprisoned several times during the Commonwealth for his obtrusive royalism. Birkenhead was educated at Witton Grammar School, Northwich. He proceeded to Oxford University, and was a Fellow of All Souls from 1639 to 1648. Birkenhead began producing Englands first official news-book Mercurius Aulicus in 1643. The principal writer was Peter Heylin but Birkenhead brought satire, slanders and incisive polemics which the parliamentary party found difficult to rebuff.