- 1 Historical Records
- 2 Theatrical Provenance
- 3 Probable Genre(s)
- 4 Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
- 5 References to the Play
- 6 Critical Commentary
- 7 For What It's Worth
- 8 Works Cited
Payments for Apparel (Henslowe's Diary)
F. 43v (Greg I, 82)
lent vnto Robarte shaw for the company to bye viij } yr of clothe of gow[e]lde for the womones gowne in bran } iiijli howlte the 26 of novmbʒ 1597 the some of }
Henslowe's Inventory of Properties and Apparel
- Under the heading “The Enventary of the Clownes Sewtes and Hermetes Swetes, with dievers other sewtes, as follweth, 1598, the 10 of March:
- Item, ... branhowlttes bodeys
Henslowe's Inventory of Playbooks
- Under the heading “A Note of all suche bookes as belong to the Stocke, and such as I have bought since the 3d of Marche 1598:
"Brunhild" (modernization of "Branhowlte" by Harbage, also Wiggins, Catalogue #1089) was acquired by the Admiral's men by November 1597 and brought to the stage at the Rose soon after. Greg II thought that the play had been acquired from Pembroke's men, recently at the Swan but broken up in the wake of (and perhaps because of) the trouble the company attracted when it offered "The Isle of Dogs" (p. 188, #118; commentary in heading to Section VIII, p. 187).
Tragedy ? (Harbage)
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
Wiggins, Catalogue (#1089) suggests several continental sources including The History of the Franks by St. Gregory of Tours and Les antiquitiés et histoires Gauloises et Françaises by Claude Fauchet as well as the exactly contemporary Theatre of God's Judgements by Thomas Beard (1597).
References to the Play
Beyond modest conjecture on the identity of the titular character and the story in which she (Brunhild) features, Fleay, BCED (2.306, #203) and Greg II (p. 188, #118) add only that a play attributed to John Fletcher, Thierry and Theodoret (1621), dramatized the same subject.
Gurr, puzzling over the payment of 10s. to William Haughton on 5 November 1597 that directly precedes the payment for the cloth of gold for "Branholt," muses that "it is not possible to identify what play Haughton was being paid for unless it was Branholt (p. 230 n.72).
Wiggins, Catalogue observes that the Admiral's men acquired several plays along with Brunhild that required "striking women's costumes" (for example, "Black Joan" #1108 and "Alice Perrers" #1091); see his commentary for further conjecture on possible repertorial consequences of these acquisitions (#1089).
For What It's Worth
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