The Knight of Our Burning Pestle

The Knight of Our Burning Pestle

The Knight of Our Burning Pestle

The Knight of Our Burning Pestle

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Literary History. The first edition of The Knight of the Burning Pestle appeared in quarto form in 1613. The title-page gives no clue as to authorship, but states merely that the play, entitled "The famous Historie of the Knight of the Burning Pestle," was "printed for Walter Burre, and is to be sold at the signe of the Crane in Paules Church-yard." This first edition, however, contains the dedication of the play to Robert Keysar, and thus throws some light upon the date of composition.

The play seems not to have been a success on the stage at its first appearance; perhaps its playful satire may have given offence to the London citizen. A revival, however, took place in 1635, and the play was acted at the court of Queen Henrietta. In Sir Henry Herbert MSS. we read, "The 28 Feb. [1636] The Knight of the Burning Pestle playd by the Q[een's] men at St James."

Two quarto editions appeared in 1635, and from their titlepages we learn that it was "acted by her Majesties Servants at the Private House in Drury Lane. The authors' names were now given:

Francis Beaumont Written by and Gent." John Fletcher

The appearance of two editions in the same year suggests that . . .

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