Begging at the Gate: Jack Straw and the Acting out of Popular Rebellion
Schillinger, Stephen, Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England
THE Life and Death of Jack Straw1 is a short, anonymous, and rarely read history play from 1593 or 1594.2 We know nothing of its authorship, little of its performance history, and even less of how audiences reacted to its performance, if it was performed at all. Extant copies of the play are probably incomplete or error-ridden. From a comparison to the various other documents produced by its original printer we can surmise that the play was initially printed with modest profit aspirations and without much concern for the specific content of the text.3 Even though we have no reason to attribute the text to one person or another, its language either echoes, or is echoed in, other texts from …
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Publication information: Article title: Begging at the Gate: Jack Straw and the Acting out of Popular Rebellion. Contributors: Schillinger, Stephen - Author. Journal title: Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England. Volume: 21. Publication date: January 1, 2008. Page number: 87+. © Associated University Presses 2007. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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