Difference between revisions of "Pierce of Winchester"

(Created page with "Thomas Dekker, Michael Drayton, and Robert Wilson (1598) ==Historical Records== <Reproduce relevant documentary evidence from historical records here. (For exa...")
 
(added historical records and category tags)
Line 4: Line 4:
 
==Historical Records==
 
==Historical Records==
  
<Reproduce relevant documentary evidence from historical records here. (For example, entries from Henslowe's Diary).>
+
===Payments to Playwrights (''Henslowe's Diary'')===
 
+
F.48 ([http://www.archive.org/stream/henslowesdiary00unkngoog#page/n151/mode/1up Greg 1.91])
 
+
<br>
 +
<blockquote>
 +
{| {{table}}
 +
| ||||||lent vnto m<sup>r</sup> deckers the same time vpon the||}||
 +
|-
 +
| 15-||17-||8<span style="color: white;">. . . </span>||next boocke called perce of winschester . . . . ||}||x<sup>s</sup>
 +
|-
 +
| ||||||<span style="color: white;">. . . . . . </span>ll  s  d||||
 +
|-
 +
| ||||||<span style="color: white;">. . . . . . </span>120-15-4||||
 +
|}
 +
</blockquote>
 +
<br>
 +
<br>
 +
F.49 ([http://www.archive.org/stream/henslowesdiary00unkngoog#page/n153/mode/1up Greg 1.93])
 +
<br>
 +
<blockquote>
 +
{| {{table}}
 +
| Lent vnto the company the 8 of aguste 1598||}||
 +
|-
 +
| to paye m<sup>r</sup> drayton willsone & dickers in pte||}||l<sup>s</sup>
 +
|-
 +
| of payment of a boocke called perce of winschester||}||
 +
|-
 +
| the some of . . . . . . . . . . ||}||
 +
|}
 +
<br>
 +
<br>
 +
{| {{table}}
 +
| Lent vnto the company the 10 of aguste 1598 to||}||
 +
|-
 +
| paye m<sup>r</sup> drayton willsone & dickers in fulle||}||l<sup>s</sup>
 +
|-
 +
| payment for a boocke called perce of winschester||}||
 +
|-
 +
| the some of . . . . . . . . . . ||}||
 +
|}
 +
</blockquote>
 +
<br>
 +
<br>
 +
===Payments for Properties (''Henslowe's Diary'')===
 +
F.50 ([http://www.archive.org/stream/henslowesdiary00unkngoog#page/n155/mode/1up Greg 1.95])
 +
<br>
 +
<blockquote>
 +
{| {{table}}
 +
| Lent vnto the company the the [sic] 23 of septmbr 1598||}||
 +
|-
 +
| to bye diuers thinges for perce of winchester the||}||x<sup>ll</sup>
 +
|-
 +
| some of x<sup>ll</sup> dd vnto thomas dowton  J saye . . . . ||}||
 +
|}
 +
<br>
 +
<br>
 +
{| {{table}}
 +
| Lent vnto thomas dowton the 28 of sepmbr 1598||}||
 +
|-
 +
| to bye diuers thinges for pearce of winchester||}||xxxx<sup>s</sup>
 +
|-
 +
| the some of . . . . . . . . . . ||}||
 +
|}
 +
</blockquote>
 +
<br>
 +
<br>
 +
F.50<sup>v</sup> ([http://www.archive.org/stream/henslowesdiary00unkngoog#page/n156/mode/1up Greg 1.96]; [http://henslowe-alleyn.org.uk/images/MSS-7/050v.html HADP])
 +
<br>
 +
<blockquote>
 +
{| {{table}}
 +
| Lent vnto thomas dowton the 29 of septmbr 1598||}||
 +
|-
 +
| to <strike>feche home a Riche cloacke w<sup>ch</sup> they had</strike>||}||xij<sup>ll</sup>
 +
|-
 +
| <strike>of m<sup>r</sup> langleyes the some of</strike> <sup>to bye diuers</sup> <sub>thinges for perce of winchester.</sub>||}||
 +
|}
 +
</blockquote>
 +
<br>
 +
<br>
 +
F.50 ([http://www.archive.org/stream/henslowesdiary00unkngoog#page/n157/mode/1up Greg 1.97])
 +
<br>
 +
<blockquote>
 +
{| {{table}}
 +
| payd for the company the 12 of octobr 1598||}||
 +
|-
 +
| vnto the lace man for the playe of Perce of||}||v<sup>ll</sup> ij<sup>s</sup>
 +
|-
 +
| winchester the some of . . . . . . . . . . ||}||
 +
|}
 +
</blockquote>
 +
<br>
 +
<br>
 +
===''Henslowe Papers''===
  
 +
Greg, [http://www.archive.org/stream/henslowepapersbe00hensuoft#page/121/mode/1up ''Papers'', 121]:
 +
:Under Henslowe's title, ''A Note of all suche bookes as belong to the Stocke, and such as I have bought since the'' 3''d of March'' 1598, is:
 +
::Perce of Winchester.
 +
<br>
 +
<br>
 
==Theatrical Provenance==
 
==Theatrical Provenance==
  
Line 22: Line 116:
 
==Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues==
 
==Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues==
  
The subject of this lost play is somewhat mysterious; early scholars had no luck tracing the likely story (see [[#Critical Commentary|'''Critical Commentary''']] below) but Martin Wiggins has offered the first concrete suggestion, noting that "Pierce of Winchester is also the name of a subsidiary character in the later part of R. G.'s prose romance, ''Albion's Queen'' (1600): he is a self-serving political double-dealer who plays the story's various royal personages off against one another" (1147; see also [[#Critical Commentary|'''Critical Commentary''']]).
+
The subject of this lost play is somewhat mysterious; early scholars had no luck tracing the likely story (see [[#Critical Commentary|'''Critical Commentary''']] below) but Martin Wiggins has recently offered the first concrete suggestion, noting that "Pierce of Winchester is also the name of a subsidiary character in the later part of R. G.'s prose romance, ''Albion's Queen'' (1600): he is a self-serving political double-dealer who plays the story's various royal personages off against one another" (1147; see also [[#Critical Commentary|'''Critical Commentary''']]).
 
<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
Line 58: Line 152:
 
<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
Site created and maintained by [[David McInnis]], University of Melbourne; updated 06 March 2015.
+
Site created and maintained by [[David McInnis]], University of Melbourne; updated 10 March 2015.
[[category:all]][[category:David McInnis]]
+
[[category:all]][[category:David McInnis]][[category:romance]][[category:Henslowe's records]][[category:Admiral's]][[category:Rose]]

Revision as of 20:02, 9 March 2015

Thomas Dekker, Michael Drayton, and Robert Wilson (1598)


Historical Records

Payments to Playwrights (Henslowe's Diary)

F.48 (Greg 1.91)

lent vnto mr deckers the same time vpon the }
15- 17- 8. . . next boocke called perce of winschester . . . . } xs
. . . . . . ll s d
. . . . . . 120-15-4



F.49 (Greg 1.93)

Lent vnto the company the 8 of aguste 1598 }
to paye mr drayton willsone & dickers in pte } ls
of payment of a boocke called perce of winschester }
the some of . . . . . . . . . . }



Lent vnto the company the 10 of aguste 1598 to }
paye mr drayton willsone & dickers in fulle } ls
payment for a boocke called perce of winschester }
the some of . . . . . . . . . . }



Payments for Properties (Henslowe's Diary)

F.50 (Greg 1.95)

Lent vnto the company the the [sic] 23 of septmbr 1598 }
to bye diuers thinges for perce of winchester the } xll
some of xll dd vnto thomas dowton J saye . . . . }



Lent vnto thomas dowton the 28 of sepmbr 1598 }
to bye diuers thinges for pearce of winchester } xxxxs
the some of . . . . . . . . . . }



F.50v (Greg 1.96; HADP)

Lent vnto thomas dowton the 29 of septmbr 1598 }
to feche home a Riche cloacke wch they had } xijll
of mr langleyes the some of to bye diuers thinges for perce of winchester. }



F.50 (Greg 1.97)

payd for the company the 12 of octobr 1598 }
vnto the lace man for the playe of Perce of } vll ijs
winchester the some of . . . . . . . . . . }



Henslowe Papers

Greg, Papers, 121:

Under Henslowe's title, A Note of all suche bookes as belong to the Stocke, and such as I have bought since the 3d of March 1598, is:
Perce of Winchester.



Theatrical Provenance

The payments for production expenses and the presence of the book of the play in their inventory suggest that the Admiral's men performed this play in 1598, when they were at the Rose.


Probable Genre(s)

Unknown (Harbage); romance (?) (Wiggins).


Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

The subject of this lost play is somewhat mysterious; early scholars had no luck tracing the likely story (see Critical Commentary below) but Martin Wiggins has recently offered the first concrete suggestion, noting that "Pierce of Winchester is also the name of a subsidiary character in the later part of R. G.'s prose romance, Albion's Queen (1600): he is a self-serving political double-dealer who plays the story's various royal personages off against one another" (1147; see also Critical Commentary).


References to the Play

Information welcome.


Critical Commentary

Greg (2.195) tentatively suggests a "possible connection" to "Pierce of Exton" but admits that "none such can be established"; presumably his conjecture rests on no stronger ground than the name "Pierce" being common to both plays.

Wiggins (1147) qualifies his suggestion (see above) that the play of "Pierce of Winchester" may have some relationship to R.G.'s prose romance including a character of this name, by saying:

The relationship between the play and the romance is unclear. The latter was entered in the Stationers' Register on 24 December 1599, so it cannot be the play's source. However, the coincidence of the names is striking: I have found no other Pierce of Winchester in the literature of the period, nor in history. It would be tempting to hypothesize that the romance took its story from the play, were it not for the fact that Pierce is not central enough in that story to have been the title character.


For reasons that are not explained, McIntyre links this play to contemporary crime drama:

A Warning for Fair Women, like Arden of Feversham (printed 1592), dramatizes a crime, the murder of a London citizen by his wife and her lover, and their detection and punishment. Some lost Admiral's plays of 1597-99---Alice Pierce, The Woman's Tragedy, Pierce of Winchester, The Stepmother's Tragedy, Cox of Collumpton, and Thomas Merry--are thought to have concerned similar crimes, and suggest a fashion for plays on adultery and murder. (162)

No reference is provided for who thought these plays concerned similar crimes.


For What It's Worth

Information welcome.


Works Cited

McIntyre, Jean. Costumes and Scripts in the Elizabethan Theatres. Alberta: U of Alberta P, 1992.




Site created and maintained by David McInnis, University of Melbourne; updated 10 March 2015.