Wordcraft Home Page    Wordcraft Community Home Page    Forums  Hop To Forum Categories  Potpourri    A Shakespeare escapade <wink>
Go
New
Find
Notify
Tools
Reply
  
A Shakespeare escapade <wink> Login/Join
 
Member
Picture of shufitz
posted
The things you stumble across! Diary of John Manningham, 13 March 1601
    Vpon a tyme when Burbidge played Richard III. there was a citizen grone soe farr in liking with him, that before shee went from the play shee appointed him to come that night unto hir by the name of Richard the Third. Shakespeare ouerhearing their conclusion went before, was intertained and at his game ere Burbidge came. Then message being brought that Richard the Third was at the dore, Shakespeare caused returne to be made that William the Conqueror was before Richard the Third.

EDIT: Typo corrected: 'made' rather than 'mad'.
The text is at the bottom of p.39 of the book (p.71 of the pdf file).

This message has been edited. Last edited by: shufitz,
 
Posts: 2615 | Location: Chicago, IL USAReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
posted Hide Post
I am interested by the use of the word "citizen" in the first sentence. Is that a common usage for that time period.

Some random notes, is "ouerhearing" like o'erhearing? What exactly does the "returne" mean?

Finally, I feel I must be slightly skeptical and wonder if such a thing actually happened. It is so funny and wonderful a piece of writing that it seems to good to be true.
 
Posts: 886 | Location: IllinoisReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of jerry thomas
posted Hide Post
My guess is that "Shakespeare caused returne to be made" means "Shakespeare replied. ..."

This message has been edited. Last edited by: jerry thomas,
 
Posts: 6708 | Location: Kehena Beach, Hawaii, U.S.A.Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of zmježd
posted Hide Post
The Diary is available online at Google Books. The OED1 gives as definition of citizen as a city-dweller or urban person.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
 
Posts: 5086 | Location: R'lyehReply With QuoteReport This Post
Member
Picture of shufitz
posted Hide Post
See edit to my original post.
 
Posts: 2615 | Location: Chicago, IL USAReply With QuoteReport This Post
  Powered by Social Strata  
 

Wordcraft Home Page    Wordcraft Community Home Page    Forums  Hop To Forum Categories  Potpourri    A Shakespeare escapade <wink>

Copyright © 2002-12