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John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
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John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1 April 1647 – 26 July 1680) was an English Libertine, a friend of King Charles II, and the writer of much satirical and bawdy poetry.
He was the toast of the Restoration court and a patron of the arts. He married an heiress, Elizabeth Malet, and had many mistresses, including the actress Elizabeth Barry.
Rochester was born in Ditchley, Oxfordshire. His father, Henry, Viscount Wilmot, a hard-drinking Royalist from Anglo-Irish stock, had been named Earl of Rochester in 1652 for military services to Charles II during his exile under the Commonwealth; he died abroad in 1658, two years before the restoration of the monarchy in England. His mother Anne St. John was a Royalist by descent and a staunch Anglican.
At the age of twelve, Rochester matriculated at Wadham College, Oxford, and there, it is said, "grew debauched". At fourteen he was awarded the degree of M.A. by Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, who was Chancellor to the University and Rochester’s uncle. After carrying out a Grand Tour of France and Italy, Rochester returned to London, where he graced the Restoration court. Later, his courage in a sea-battle against the Dutch made him a hero.
In 1667 he married Elizabeth Malet, a witty heiress whom he had attempted to abduct two years earlier. Samuel Pepys describes the event in his diary for 28 May 1665:
Thence to my Lady Sandwich’s, where, to my shame, I had not been a great while before. Here, upon my telling her a story of my Lord Rochester’s running away on Friday night last with Mrs. Mallett, the great beauty and fortune of the North, who had supped at White Hall with Mrs. Stewart, and was going home to her lodgings with her grandfather, my Lord Haly, by coach; and was at Charing Cross seized on by both horse and foot men, and forcibly taken from him, and put into a coach with six horses, and two women provided to receive her, and carried away. Upon immediate pursuit, my Lord of Rochester (for whom the King had spoke to the lady often, but with no successe [sic]) was taken at Uxbridge; but the lady is not yet heard of, and the King mighty angry, and the Lord sent to the Tower.
Rochester’s life was divided between domesticity in the country and a riotous existence at court, where he was renowned for drunkenness, vivacious conversation, and "extravagant frolics" as part of the Merry Gang (as Andrew Marvell called them). The Merry Gang flourished for about 15 years after 1665 and included Henry Jermyn; Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset; John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave; Henry Killigrew; Sir Charles Sedley; the playwrights William Wycherley and George Etherege; and George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. Much of Rochester’s poetry suggests that he was bisexual.
Rochester was fascinated by the theatre and was the model for the witty, poetry-reciting rake Dorimant in George Etherege’s The Man of Mode (1676). According to an often repeated anecdote, his coaching of his mistress Elizabeth Barry began her career as the greatest actress of the Restoration stage.
In 1674, Rochester wrote a satire on Charles II (variously known simply as "Satyr" and by its first line, "In the Isle of Britain"), which criticised the King for being obsessed with sex at the expense of his kingdom. Charles reacted by briefly exiling Rochester from the court. During his brief exile, Rochester appears to have spent time at his estate in Adderbury and perhaps also posing as a merchant in London’s old city. He then returned to his seat in the House of Lords after an absence of about seven weeks.
Rochester fell into disfavor again in 1676. During a late-night scuffle with the night watch — a scuffle probably provoked by Rochester himself — one of Rochester’s companions was killed by a pike-thrust. Rochester was reported to have fled the scene. 
Following this incident, Rochester briefly went underground, impersonating a quack physician, "Doctor Bendo." Under this persona, he claimed skill in treating "barrenness," i.e. infertility, and other gynecological disorders. Gilbert Burnet wryly noted that Rochester’s practice was "not without success," implying his intercession of himself as surreptitious sperm donor. On occasion, Rochester also assumed the role of the grave and matronly Mrs. Bendo, presumably so that he could inspect young women privately without arousing their suspicions.
By the age of 33, Rochester was dying, presumably from syphilis, gonorrhea, other venereal diseases, as well as the effects of alcoholism. His mother had him attended in his final weeks by her religious associates, particularly Gilbert Burnet, who later became the Bishop of Salisbury. A deathbed renunciation of atheism was published and promulgated as the conversion of a prodigal. This became legendary, reappearing in numerous pious tracts over the next two centuries. Because the first published account of this story appears in Burnet’s own writings, some have disputed its accuracy, suggesting that he shaped the account to enhance his own reputation. However, other sources, including documents signed by Rochester, confirm that in his final months his thoughts turned towards religion and the afterlife. In the early morning of 26 July, 1680, Rochester died a ‘without a shudder or a sound’.  Rochester was later buried at Spelsbury Church in Spelsbury, Oxfordshire.
If you have been finding it difficult to conceive then there is almost certainly a fertility problem in either you or your partner. Unsuccessful conceiving attempts for almost a year indicate that one of the partners is infertile. Generally it has been found that 30% of conception problems are related to men and 30% to women and rest is an unknown parameter and can be attributed to both the partners. In this article let us find out the real causes of infertility in men and some of the ways through which you can treat this health problem.
Causes Of Infertility In Men
There are multiple reasons which can act as obstacles in successful conception, most of these factors can be treated but there are some which have no treatment options available and you will have to live with it.
1. Sperm Count
This is the most common cause of male infertility and this condition is known as oligospermia. If your sperm count is lower than 20 million/ml then you are suffering from oligospermia or low sperm count. This condition can be easily improved with the intake of natural supplements. There is a natural product named maxocum which is designed to improve sperm count and it has been found to be very effective for men with low sperm count. If your sperm count increases it will enhance your chances of successful conception.
2. Complete Absence Of Sperms
The condition in which there is complete lack of sperms is known as azoospermia and there is no cure for it in medical science. However temporary low sperm count or low sperm count condition can be successfully treated.
3. Sperm Motility
It is very important for sperms to move in a straight line in order to increase the chances of fertilization of the egg but if the sperm quality is low and is of sluggish nature they will find it difficult to move in a straight line causing difficulties in successful conception. The quality of sperms can be increased through the use of natural herbs like withania somnifera and tribulus which are well-known for treating all type of sexual ailments.
4. Sperm Size
The size of sperm also plays a vital role in determining a man’s fertility rate. For increased chances of fertilization with the egg at least 60% sperms should be of normal structure and size.
These were the main and most common causes of male infertility and you might have noticed that leaving aside azoospermia all other conditions can be treated. So if you are suffering from infertility issues do not lose heart, just follow the right form of treatment and you will surely succeed in becoming a proud father.
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