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"the yeoman of London" and "Sergeant at the Mace"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1249  Tuesday, 20 June 2000.

From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Monday, 19 Jun 2000 16:10:11 -0500
Subject:        "the yeoman of London" and "Sergeant at the Mace"

Can anyone help with identification of the positions or offices alluded
to in the following passage, from George Puttenham's Art of English
Poesy (1589; Book III, chapter 15):

. . . of all others was that a most ridiculous, but very true exchange,
which the yeoman of London vsed with his Sergeant at the Mace, who said
he would goe into the countrie, and make merry a day or two, while his
man plyed his busines at home[.]

Printed explanation would be especially useful.

Many thanks.

Frank Whigham
Professor of English
University of Texas at Austin
 

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