Galfrido and Bernardo
NB This purported lost play is a hoax. It is listed here simply to document that it is indeed inauthentic.
An interpolated entry at the bottom of one of the pages of the manuscript of Henslowe's Diary:
- 18 of maye 1595… Rd at galfrido & Bernardo… xxxis. (Foakes ed., Diary, 28.)
MS VII, f11v (detail), © David Cooper and reproduced with kind permission of the Governors of Dulwich College. No further reproduction permitted.
The entry was not reported by Malone, since it was not actually in the Diary when Malone saw it. It was written in by the forger J. P. Collier, who then reported it in his own edition of the Diary. It was recognized as Collier's own forgery within his own lifetime, and is categorized as such by the subsequent editors of the Diary, Greg and Foakes.
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
Collier clearly intended it to look like an adaptation of the 1570 poem Galfrido and Bernardo, discussed by Mike Pincombe here.
References to the Play
This forgery was caught fairly early on, but it had already made it into some reference works besides Collier's own edition - for instance, J. O. Halliwell-Phillips's Dictionary of Old English Plays (1860), 105-6. GoogleBooks
As late as 1904 it was still causing W. W. Greg needless suspicion about the genuineness of the 1570 poem itself (Greg ed., Diary, 2.36-7). The forgery is still occasionally resurrected by new discussions of Henslowe which rely, unwarily, on Collier's edition.
The fullest discussion is in Freeman and Freeman, 2.367-8.
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