Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Communication and Arts

RAS ID

15930

Comments

This article was originally published as: Edelman, C. (2013). John Manningham at the Blackfriars Theatre. Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 60(3), 445-47. Original article available here

Abstract

Although it covers a mere sixteen months, from January 1602 to April 1603, the Diary of John Manningham, written when he was a twenty-five year old law student at the Middle Temple, is a rich and entertaining source of information about life in Elizabethan London, especially at the Inns of Court where he resided. Along with lengthy discussions of the sermons heard each Sunday (usually one in the morning followed by another in the afternoon), we have jokes, gossip, poems, a fascinating account of Queen Elizabeth’s last days, and many witticisms he heard and enjoyed, sometimes mentioning the source, but very often not doing so. Of greatest interest to students of the Elizabethan theatre is the entry made in February, 1602, wherein he records his attendance at the Middle Temple’s Candlemas Feast, when he saw ‘a play called “Twelve night, or what you will” ’.

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