The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1873  Wednesday, 4 October 2000.

From:           Frank Whigham <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 03 Oct 2000 12:07:11 -0500
Subject:        "Alarbes"

Can anyone identify the Alarbes, a people referred to in the following
passage from Puttenham's *Art of English Poesy* (1589)?


One praising the Neapolitans for good men at arms, said . . . thus:

A proud people and wise and valiant,
Fiercely fighting with horses and with barbs:
By whose prowess the Roman Prince did daunt,
Wild Africans and the lawless Alarbes:
The Nubians marching with their armed carts,
And slaying afar with venom and with darts.


Many thanks,
Frank Whigham

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