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Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0702  Tuesday, 16 March 2004

[1]     From:   Alan Dessen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Mar 2004 09:24:38 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574

[2]     From:   Fran Barasch <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Mar 2004 12:48:57 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574

[3]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Mar 2004 18:14:22 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574

[4]     From:   Tom Rutter <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Mar 2004 19:31:02 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574


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From:           Alan Dessen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Mar 2004 09:24:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574

To follow up on an item in E. K. Chambers, check out Beatrice White, *An
Index to "The Elizabethan Stage" and "William Shakespeare" by Edmund
Chambers* (Oxford U.P. 1934, rpt. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1964).  The
entry for "Activities (acrobatics, tumbling)" has 50-60 entries.

Alan Dessen

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From:           Fran Barasch <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Mar 2004 12:48:57 EST
Subject: 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574

Natalie:  You'll probably find what you need in Kathleen M. Lea. ITALIAN
POPULAR COMEDY: A STUDY IN THE COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE, 1560-1620. 2 vols.
Oxford UP, 1934.  See especially vol. 2.

Fran Barasch

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Mar 2004 18:14:22 -0000
Subject: 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574

 >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.

This possibly adds Windsor and Reading to the frame:

 >574 A.D. - Zan Ganassa Company is in Madrid. Gelosi Company invited to
 >Venice to play for French King Henry III (the third son of Catherine de
 >Medici) at his request. First record of Confidenti Company.  Record of
 >Italian performers in England at Windsor and Reading (did Shakespeare see
 >these?)

         http://www.commedia-dell-arte.com/timeline2.htm

The source of the information is given as follows:

The Commedia dell'Arte: A Documentary History by Kenneth Richards and
Laura Richards and the website of I Commedianti Giorgiani (no longer
online).

 >2. The Commedia dell'Arte: A Documentary History by Kenneth Richards and
 >Laura Richards (Basil Blackwell, Ltd., UK/1990) is an amazingly
thorough and
 >well-documented treatise on the history, characters, companies,
 >performances, and world influences of Commedia. If you can find this book,
 >there are translated documentations at the end of each chapter (some of it
 >for the first time in English) justifying the chapter's details, and a
 >thorough chronology from 1545-1763 after the preface. It has limited but
 >unique B & W pictures. I'm trying to find a copy of this book for my
library
 >because it is so thorough.

         http://www.commedia-dell-arte.com/genhis.htm

Hope this helps a little.

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Tom Rutter <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Mar 2004 19:31:02 -0000
Subject: 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0692 Italian Women Tumblers of 1574

(If memory serves): don't the Italian tumblers turn up in volume 4 of
Chambers, among the documents of control?

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