Kynge Johan, a Play in Two Parts

Kynge Johan, a Play in Two Parts

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Kynge Johan, a Play in Two Parts

Kynge Johan, a Play in Two Parts

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The following dramatic performance is from the original Manuscript in the Library of his Grace the Duke of Devonshire, a member of the Camden Society, who with characteristic liberality has permitted it to be printed.

About half of it, including all the later portion, is in the handwriting of John Bale, Bishop of Ossory, and the rest is throughout carefully corrected by him, with various passages of greater or of less length inserted, which, after the copy had been made by the scribe he employed, he thought it right to add, to render the production more complete. The name of Bale no where occurs; but there can be no doubt of his authorship, not only from a comparison with existing autographs, but from the fact, that in his Scriptorum Illustrium majoris Brytanniæ, &c. Summarium, p. 702, he enumerates De Joanne Anglorum rege as one of his twenty-two dramatic works in idiomate materno. The copy of the Summarium, &c. in the British Museum, which belonged to Bale, has many notes . . .

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