The Dramatic Records of Sir Henry Herbert: Master of the Revels, 1623-1673

The Dramatic Records of Sir Henry Herbert: Master of the Revels, 1623-1673

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The Dramatic Records of Sir Henry Herbert: Master of the Revels, 1623-1673

The Dramatic Records of Sir Henry Herbert: Master of the Revels, 1623-1673

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The dramatic records of the Office of the Revels during the reigns of Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth have been admirably edited with full indexes and notes by Professor Albert Feuillerat; but the records of the Office during the reigns of James I, Charles I, and Charles II remain either unedited or scattered in miscellaneous volumes, none of which is indexed. Every scholar working in the field of the Tudor-Stuart drama must have felt the desirability of having these later records printed in a more accessible form.

In the present volume I have attempted to bring together the dramatic records of Sir Henry Herbert, during whose long administration the Office of the Revels attained the height of its power and importance. These records, most of them preserved through Herbert's own care, consist of his office-book, covering the period of 1622-1642, a few documents relating to the same period, and miscellaneous documents relating to the management of the Office after the Restoration.

Of these records unquestionably the most important is the office-book, 1622-1642. The original manuscript, freely consulted by Edmond Malone and George Chalmers in the closing years of the eighteenth century, has since disappeared, but the better part of it is extant in the form of quotations strewn through the various works of those two scholars. Strange to say, these quotations have not hitherto been brought together, organized, and indexed. Fleay, indeed, in his History of the Stage makes use of much of the material, and attempts to record Herbert's licenses of plays and . . .

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