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John Taylor on Bear Baiting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0504  Tuesday, 24 February 2004

From:           Joanne Gates <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Feb 2004 17:30:52 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        John Taylor on Bear Baiting

John Taylor's 1638 _Bull, Beare, and Horse, Cut, Curtaile, and
Longtaile_ has just a few relevant pages on the subject of Bears at the
Bear Garden and Paris Garden. I have transcribed and formatted the first
four pages (title page and dedication to Thomas Godfrey, "Keeper of the
Game for Beares"), and pages 54-62. It appears that the plague has shut
down the enterprise and the unocccupied animals are not taking it well:
"Almost all mad for want of exercise, / Filling, the Aire with roaring
and with cries."  Among the nineteen named bears in a list at the end
are two white bears and one named "Mall Cut-purse." I would be
interested to know whether the critical and historical bear-baiting
references previously mentioned on this list either cite or quote from
Taylor.

URL:
http://www.jsu.edu/depart/english/gates/shak/bearjtay.htm

Original spelling and punctuation retained.

Joanne Gates

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