First Introduction of the Civil Wars of France, The

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Historical Records

Payments to Playwrights (Henslowe's Diary)


F. 52v (Greg, I.100)

Lent vnto wm Jube the 20 of Janewary 1598 }
to lend mr dickers in earneste of his playe } iijli
called the firste Introducyon of the syvell }
wares of france the some of }



Theatrical Provenance

At the Rose playhouse until September 1600, the Admiral's men purchased "The First Introduction" after having bought (and presumably staged) a three-part serial on that same civil war (parts 1, 2, and 3 of "The Civil Wars of France') during the winter of 1598-99. The company also still had Christopher Marlowe's Massacre at Paris, which they revived during the winter of 1601-2 after moving to the Fortune.

Probable Genre(s)

History (Harbage)

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

References to the Play

Critical Commentary

For What It's Worth

Works Cited