Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585) was born near Vendome in France. After his diplomatic career was ended by illness he entered holy orders. In 1552 he published Les Amours de Cassandre, establishing him as the outstanding poet in French of his time, acknowledged leader of the group now known as the 'Pleiade'. Clive Lawrence was born in 1969 and was educated at Downing College, Cambridge. He has worked in the legal profession in Yorkshire since 1991.