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Anon. (1580)

Historical Records

Revels accounts

The entries for 1579-80 include:

The history of Portio and demorantes shewen at whitehall on Candlemas daie at nighte enacted by the Lord Chamberleynes servuauntes wholly furnyshed in this offyce whereon was ymployed for scarfes garters head Attyers for women & Lynynges for hattes vj ells of Sarcenett A cytie a towne & vj payre of gloves

(Feuillerat 321, lines 13-17)

To be selected for performance, the play must also have been rehearsed in the presence of Edmund Tilney alongside nine others prior to 19 December 1579, as per Tilney's charges

for examynynge and Rehersinge of dyuers plaies and Choise makinge of x of them to be shown before her Maiestie at Christmas twelfetide Candelmas and Shrovetide and their sondry rehearsals afterwardes till to be presented before her Maiestie

(Feuillerat 326, lines 2-7)

Chamber account

(Dasent, 11, 398)

Theatrical Provenance

Performed by Sussex's men on Candlemas (02 February 1580) in the evening, at Whitehall Palace before Elizabeth I.

Probable Genre(s)

Romance (?) (Harbage); History (Revels account).

Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

Unknown. Wiggins (680) proposes modernising "Demorantes" as "De Morantes", thereby opening up the possibility of a Spanish setting, but even this reading does not produce helpful results in an EEBO-TCP search.

References to the Play

<List any known or conjectured references to the lost play here.>

Critical Commentary

Sibley implicitly endorses J. de Perott's conjecture that the subject matter could be Lamorat and Porcia from the 1548 French version of Amadis de Grecia (1542).

Wiggins (680) notes Sibley's endorsement but regards it as unlikely because whenever the Revels Office scribe was clearly confused about proper names, he left blanks rather than attempting to offer a solution. Wiggins points to Soldan and the Duke of — as a prime example.

For What It's Worth

(Information welcome).

Works Cited

Cook, David and F.P. Wilson. Dramatic Records in the Declared Accounts of the Treasurer of the Chamber 1558-1642. Malone Society Collections VI. 1962.
Feuillerat, Albert, ed. Documents Relating to the Office of the Revels in the Time of Queen Elizabeth. Louvain: A. Uystpruyst, 1908.

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