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Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0692  Tuesday, 16 March 2004

From:           Natalie Bennett <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Mar 2004 12:27:38 -0000
Subject:        Italian Women Tumblers of 1574

Below is part of a footnote from "The Elizabethan Stage," E.K. Chambers
1923.

".... Women only began to act regularly at the Restoration ... The
exceptions are, I think, such as prove the rule; private plays such as
Hymen's Triumph, Venner gulling show of England's Joy, the Italian
tumblers of 1574, the virago Moll Frith at the Fortune (cf. ch. xxiii,
s.v. Dekker, Roaring Girl). ...."

I've got nowhere in trying to track down the "Italian tumblers", which
seems like a very specific reference, and was wondering if anyone had
any idea of the source.

All assistance most gratefully received!

Thanks,
Natalie

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