A King and No King

A King and No King

A King and No King

A King and No King

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"They lived together on the Banke side, not far from the Playhouse, both batchelors; lay together; had one Wench in the house between them, which they did so admire; the same cloathes and cloake, &c.; betweene them." So John Aubrey reported the gossip about Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, two young men of good family who began to write for the London stage in the early years of the seventeenth century. They apparently joined forces about 1607, when Beaumont would have been approximately twenty-three years old and Fletcher twenty-eight, and for five years or so their literary relationship seems to have been as close and as congenial as their living arrangements. Each wrote at least one early play independently of the other, Beaumont The Knight of the Burning Pestle about 1607 and Fletcher The Faithful Shepherdess about 1609 or 1609, but they worked with each other (and on one play--Beggar's Bush--with Philip Massinger) to compose thirteen plays, including those which won for them rapid popularity and a permanent place in the history of the English drama: Philaster (1608-1610), The Maid's Tragedy (by 1611), and A King and No King (1611). Their work was highly esteemed in . . .

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