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have failed to notice an important detail. I will demonstrate that Shakespeare’s company performed before the Queen on a previously unrecognized date: Twelfth Night, 6 January 1601/02. Allow me to make that good. During the Christmas revels of 1601/02 seven court performances are recorded. The dates are 26 and 27 December; 1, 3, 6, and 10 January; plus one more on 14 February, St

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind

Ephesus and Twelfth Night in Illyria. Paul preached the Gospel in both places, and both plays were written for and/or performed before elite auditors at the Inns of Court and Whitehall. As Shakespeare developed each of these scripts he drew his plots from previously published plays and novels: Plautus’ Menaechmi for Errors , Barnaby Riche’s Apolonius and Silla for

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind

Nazism and Stalinism spectacularly demonstrated, readers and audiences belaboured by a censorious regime are keen to read into any published or performed work an array of seditious propositions and arguments, concealed identities, innuendos, and insinuations. Such audiences are alert to any nuance, wink, hesitation, interpolation, or misquotation which might convey a political

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind

, was registered for publication by Cuthbert Burby on 28 October 1600 and emerged from the press before the end of that year with Nashe named as author. Perhaps because the pageant had been written for and performed at the residence of Archbishop Whitgift it was considered immune to sanction – or, more likely, because Nashe had recently died. The registration date of Summer

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind

, but he certainly knew his ghost had been dragooned by Thom Nashe as interlocutor of his pageant Summer’s Last Will and Testament. Nicholl believes that the play was performed – perhaps with Nashe in the title role – in October 1592 at Croydon Palace during the bishopric of John Whitgift, perhaps with Shakespeare in attendance. 10 Nashe’s masque begins with the stage

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind

Carey and James Gournie In addition to time-shifting the on-stage action, Shakespeare sketched into King John an episode linking the Bastard with Henry Carey. He contrives for his Bastard to free the captured Queen Eleanor in 3.2, a feat performed by John in The Troublesome Reign ; this is a nod at Carey’s body-guarding Queen Elizabeth during the

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind

. 62 Affected melancholy had recently been skewered in Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humor , perhaps performed at the Curtain in 1598 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men with Shakespeare in the part of Kno’well. 63 ‘Note containing the opinion of one

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind

(1617), and worked on the set for James Shirley’s masque The Triumphs of Peace , performed at the Middle Temple in 1633. 10 Buckett’s versatility was not unusual in this period. Life as what might be termed a ‘visual artist’ in early modern London seems to have often involved a variety of types of work in collaborative contexts. The painter John De Critz produced

in Making and unmaking in early modern English drama
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Invisibility and erasure in The Two Merry Milkmaids

construction’, except for the characters and the play-world that they inhabit. Since The Two Merry Milkmaids receives minimal critical attention and is to my knowledge never performed, it is worth beginning this discussion with an overview of the place of this play in relation to the popularity of invisibility on the early modern English stage. ‘Bound about with the ring

in Making and unmaking in early modern English drama
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politically engaged poetry—Spenserian indirect satire. I hope that other scholars will use these ideas as lenses to explore other works from this tradition and to look at other times and places to see how oppressive conditions result in indirect satire elsewhere. Recent work by satire theorists has focused on the social work MUP_Hile_SpenserSatire_Printer.indd 175 14/10/2016 15:36 176 Spenserian satire that satire performs; in this book I have aimed to build upon this work to explore the impact of the social world on satire—from the way that social conditions can

in Spenserian satire