This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original
book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ... Soon after the period he
speaks of, a regular French theatre was established in London,
where, without doubt women acted6. They had long before but in a
former page (215) he says, " they have now their female players in
Italy and other foreigne parts, as they had such French women
actors in a play not long since personated in Blackfriers
playhouse, to which there was great resort." In the margin he
adds--" in Michaelmas terme, 1629." His account is confirmed by Sir
Henry Herbert's Office-book, in which 1 find the following notice
of this exhibition: " For the allowinge of a French company to
plave a farse at Blackfryers, this 4 of November, 1639, -2/. 0*.
Od." The same company attempted an exhibition both at the Red Bull
and the Fortune theatres, as appears from the following entries: "
For allowinge of the Frenche company] at the Red Bull for a daye,
22 Novemb. 1629, -- 21. 0s. Orf.]' " For allowinge of a Frenche
companie att the Fortune to playone afternoone, this 14 Day of
Decemb. 1629, --1/. Os. Od. " I should have had another peece, but
in respect of their ill fortune, I was content to bestow a peece
back." MS. Herbert. Prynne, in conformity to the absurd notions
which have been stated in the text, inserted in his Index these
words: " Women actors notorious whores: " by which he so highly
offended the King and Queen, that he was tried in the Star-chamber,
and sentenced to be imprisoned for life, fined 5000/. expelled
Lincoln's Inn, disbarred and disqualified to practise the law,
degraded of his degree in the University, to he set on the pillory,
his ears cut off, and his book burnt by the common hangman, " which
rigorous sentence, ' says Whitelocke, " was as rigorously
executed." I quote these words as given by Dr. Burney from...
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