John Harington

Courtier, Author

1561 – 1612

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Who was John Harington?

Sir John Harington, of Kelston, was a courtier, author and master of art, popularly known as the inventor of the flush toilet. He became a prominent member of Queen Elizabeth I's court, and was known as her "saucy Godson". But because of his poetry and other writings, he fell in and out of favour with the Queen.

The work for which he is best known today, A New Discourse of a Stale Subject, called the Metamorphosis of Ajax is a political allegory and a coded attack on the monarchy. His New Discourse described a forerunner to the modern flush toilet that was installed at his house at Kelston.

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Born
Aug 4, 1561
Kelston
Also known as
  • 约翰·哈林顿
  • Харингтон, Джон
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • Eton College
Died
Nov 20, 1612
Resting place
Bath Abbey

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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