Banabe Barnes (c. 1570�1609), was the fourth son of Dr Richard Barnes, bishop of Durham. At the age of fifteen Barnes entered Brasenose College, Oxford, where he did not graduate.
In 1591 he joined with an expedition to Normandy with the Earl of Essex. After returning from the continent he published his first book of poems, Parthenophil and Parthenophe in 1593. This was followed by A Divine Centurie of Spirituall Sonnetts in 1595.
Barnes' was a mediocre poet, and was lambasted mercilessly by his contemporary Thomas Nash.