George Herbert

1593 - 1633

Photo of George Herbert

Icon of person George Herbert

George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. His poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognised as "one of the foremost British devotional lyricists." He was born into an artistic and wealthy family and largely raised in England. He received a good education that led to his admission to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1609. He went there with the intention of becoming a priest, but he became the University's Public Orator and attracted the attention of King James I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Herbert has received more than 773,866 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). George Herbert is the 2,491st most popular writer (down from 2,466th in 2019), the 1,894th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,818th in 2019) and the 220th most popular British Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 770k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 63.96

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.90

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.04

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Page views of George Herberts by language


Among writers, George Herbert ranks 2,491 out of 5,794Before him are Ignacy Krasicki, Eva Mozes Kor, Venedikt Yerofeyev, Booker T. Washington, Pedro Salinas, and Anatoly Rybakov. After him are Alonso de Ercilla, Rahman Baba, Jacques Amyot, Albert Cossery, Asconius Pedianus, and Thorbjørn Egner.

Most Popular Writers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1593, George Herbert ranks 12Before him are Matthäus Merian, Nicolaes Tulp, George I Rákóczi, Balthasar van der Ast, Anthony van Diemen, and Catherine de' Medici, Governor of Siena. After him is Izaak Walton. Among people deceased in 1633, George Herbert ranks 9Before him are Cornelis Drebbel, Pieter Lastman, Patriarch Filaret of Moscow, Xu Guangqi, Scipione Borghese, and Lew Sapieha. After him are Juan Pablo Bonet, Étienne Brûlé, William Ames, and George Abbot.

Others Born in 1593

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1633

Go to all Rankings

In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, George Herbert ranks 1,894 out of 6,924Before him are Jeanette (1951), James Wolfe (1727), Eduardo Paolozzi (1924), Willibald (700), Rhys Ifans (1967), and Nehemiah Grew (1641). After him are Bridget Riley (1931), Graham Bonnet (1947), James Purefoy (1964), Peter Mayle (1939), Sean Harris (1966), and David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty (1871).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, George Herbert ranks 220Before him are Jojo Moyes (1969), Angela Carter (1940), John Brunner (1934), Leonard Woolf (1880), Robert Fisk (1946), and Eric Knight (1897). After him are Peter Mayle (1939), Ephraim Chambers (1680), Edward FitzGerald (1809), Marjorie Boulton (1924), Mary Astell (1666), and Wilfred Owen (1893).