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