The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0586 Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Date: Tuesday, 8 Dec 2009 00:15:28 -0600
Subject: 20.0584 Tarlton, Kempe, and Great Households
Comment: Re: SHK 20.0584 Tarlton, Kempe, and Great Households
Matthew Gibson wrote:
>I am interested in any resources which might shed light on the lives
>of Tarlton and Kempe, with particular reference to their clowning at
>Household occasions such as feasts and other celebrations. Information
>on other clowns of the period would also be most helpful, particularly
>if it points to aristocratic patronage.
My article "Richard Tarlton and the Haberdashers" (Notes & Queries 53
(2006), 440-42) has a bunch of new documentary evidence about Richard
Tarlton, including the previously-unknown fact that Sir Christopher
Hatton was one of his patrons. My article on Tarlton's colleague Robert
Wilson in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography summarizes
Wilson's playing and clowning career, including his work for the Earl
of Leicester in the Low Countries in 1586.
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