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|playwright=Anon.
 
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|year=1598
 
|year=1598
 
|historicalRecords=The play was licensed for performance by Edmund Tilney on 24 May 1598 (the license, however, is known only through a record by Henry Herbert in 1662) (Bawcutt, ed. R29 and R33).
 
|historicalRecords=The play was licensed for performance by Edmund Tilney on 24 May 1598 (the license, however, is known only through a record by Henry Herbert in 1662) (Bawcutt, ed. R29 and R33).
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===Dramatic Records of Sir Henry Herbert===
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Revels Documents, 1660-1673 (Bawcutt 249, item R29):
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A declaration under William Earle of Pembrokes Hande of the Antient powers of the Office dated the 20<sup>th</sup> of Nouemb. 1622.<br>
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Seuerall Plays allowed by M<sup>r</sup> Tilney In 1598. which is .62. years since.
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:Sir William Longsword allowed to be Acted the. 24. May. 1598
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:The Faire Mayd of London
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:And Richard Cordelyon.
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Kinge and noe Kinge to be Acted In 1611 & y<sup>e</sup> same to be printed,<br>
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Allowed by Sir George Bucke<br>
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And Hogg Hath Loste His Pearle by Sir George Buck.<br>
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:::::::::::Richard Hall
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</lpd-pre></blockquote>
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A variation of this note was subsequently reproduced in the "Breviat of Sir Henry and Simon Thelwall v. Thomas Betterton" (Bawcutt 255, item R33):
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<blockquote><lpd-pre>A Declaration under William Earle of Pembrokes hand of the Ancient Powers of the Office Dated Nouember 20. 1622.<br>
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Seuerall Plays allowed by M<sup>r</sup> Tilney In 1598. As
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:S<sup>r</sup> William Longsword Allowed to bee Acted in 1598.
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:The Fair Maid of London
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:Richard Cor de Lyon.
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:::::::::::See the Bookes<br>
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Allowed by Sir George Buck
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:King and Noe Kinge to bee Acted in 1611. and the same to bee Printed
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:Hogg hath lost his Pearle and hundreds more<br>
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:::::::::::Richard Hall
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</lpd-pre></blockquote>
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Joseph Quincy Adams includes transcriptions of both, with minor differences, in the "Miscellaneous Papers" section of his edition of Herbert's records ([http://archive.org/stream/dramaticrecordso00greaiala#page/105/mode/1up Adams, 105]; [http://archive.org/stream/dramaticrecordso00greaiala#page/112/mode/1up Adams, 112]).
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|theatricalProvenance=Wiggins thinks the play’s non-appearance in Henslowe’s records ‘allows the tentative hypothesis’ that it was not an Admiral’s play, and suggests that ‘[s]ince it was a play of local London interest, and since there was no other company performing in London in 1598, it follows that it most probably belonged to the Lord Chamberlain’s Men’. The Admiral’s and the Chamberlain’s were not the only companies in London, however. It is curious, too, that the licensing record allows three plays, the other two of which ''did'' belong to the Admiral’s: ‘Sir William Longsword’ and ‘Richard Cordelyon’ (i.e. ‘The Funeral of Richard Coeur de Lion’)
 
|theatricalProvenance=Wiggins thinks the play’s non-appearance in Henslowe’s records ‘allows the tentative hypothesis’ that it was not an Admiral’s play, and suggests that ‘[s]ince it was a play of local London interest, and since there was no other company performing in London in 1598, it follows that it most probably belonged to the Lord Chamberlain’s Men’. The Admiral’s and the Chamberlain’s were not the only companies in London, however. It is curious, too, that the licensing record allows three plays, the other two of which ''did'' belong to the Admiral’s: ‘Sir William Longsword’ and ‘Richard Cordelyon’ (i.e. ‘The Funeral of Richard Coeur de Lion’)
 
|probableGenres=Romance? (Harbage); Comedy?; History?
 
|probableGenres=Romance? (Harbage); Comedy?; History?

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