Richard III, or the English Prophet
Dramatic Records of Sir Henry Herbert
J. O. Halliwell-Phillips transcribed a number of Sir Henry Herbert's licensing records and compiled them in various scrapbooks now held at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Amongst them is the following transcription:
The Palsgraves Players__ A Tragedy of Richard the thirde or the English
Prophett with the reformation contayninge 17. sheetes written by1623.. 1.li 0.
Samuell Rowleye for the companye at the Fortune this 27th. July
(Folger Shakespeare Library, MS W.b.156 ("Fortune"), p41. Reproduce by permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library)
Licensed by Herbert for performance at the Fortune, by the Palsgrave's Men.
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
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References to the Play
A jest-book compiled by the Caroline playwright Robert Chamberlain contains a couplet that may have originated in this play:
Sundry mistakes spoken publickly upon the Stage.
IN the Play of Richard the third; the Duke of Buckingham being betraid by his servant Banister, a Messenger comming hastily into the presence of the King, to bring him word of the Dukes surprizall, Richard asking him what newes he replyed:
- My Liege, the Duke of Banister is tane,
- And Buckingham is come for his reward.
- (Chamberlain, A new booke of mistakes , D1v)
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For What It's Worth
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