Performance Records (Henslowe's "diary")
Res at matchavell the 2 of marche 1591 ………………. xiiijs Res at matchevell the 3 of aprell 1591 ………………. xxijs
Fol. 7 v (Greg I, 14)
Res at matchevell the 29 of maye 1592 .................................... xxvjs
Lord Strange's men offered "Machiavel" in the second week of their run at the Rose (as recorded by Philip Henslowe). Its prior provenance is unknown.
Foreign History (?) Harbage
Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues
Scholarly guesswork on the sources of "Machiavel" depend upon the identification of the title character. Malone did not offer an opinion, but Collier implied the historical Machiavelli by suggesting that this play might have been revived "with additions and alterations" in 1613 as "Machiavel and the Devil", a work-in-progress that Robert Daborne mentioned in correspondence (p. 22). That play too is lost. Fleay, BCED repeated Collier's association of the two "Machiavel" plays (2.#105, p. 298). Greg II , citing Fleay, thought the 1592 play might have been "the foundation of Daborne's tragedy" (#10, p. 152). Wiggins, Catalogue #899 ignores the Daborne link; further, he invites consideration that the title character was not the famous Italian Machiavelli, observing that "the Elizabethan imagination found Machiavels everywhere."
References to the Play
For What It's Worth
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