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A Discovery by Martin Wiggins

Posted by: CEWBJ Team in News 7 years, 5 months ago

In the Times Literary Supplement for 22 March 2013, Martin Wiggins announced that he had uncovered an important new document relating to Prince Henry’s Barriers. Jonson’s speeches, presented at Whitehall on 6 January 1610, had been designed to introduce a chivalric show in which the 15-year-old Prince Henry demonstrated his skill in the management of arms. Helped by six supporters and adopting the persona of Meliadus, Prince of the Isles, Henry demonstrated his chivalric prowess by fighting at pike and sword against 56 opponents. Jonson’s text, spoken by Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, and the spirit of King Arthur himself, is fulsome in praise of Henry, but it does not reveal what the fictional cause was over which he claimed to be fighting. Martin Wiggins’s document, which is the original ‘challenge’ spoken at Whitehall seven days earlier, now fills in that gap.

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‘Volpone fit for public consumption’ – Official

Posted by: CEWBJ Team in Blog 7 years, 9 months ago

Contribution by Martin Butler

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Sylvia Plath in Bartholomew Fair

Posted by: CEWBJ Team in Blog 7 years, 10 months ago

Contribution by John Creaser, editor of Bartholomew Fair

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Staged reading of Cynthia's Revels

Posted by: CEWBJ Team in News 8 years, 1 month ago

The Globe Theatre, London, is mounting a staged reading of Cynthia's Revels on Sunday, 2 December at 3pm, preceded by an introductory discussion at 12 noon-2pm. This is probably the first time that the play has been publicly performed since the seventeenth century.

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Edition review by Blair Worden

Posted by: CEWBJ Team in News 8 years, 1 month ago

A long review essay by Blair Worden, discussing the edition and Ian Donaldson's Life of Ben Jonson, can be found in the London Review of Books for 11 October 2012. Worden asks what the impact of the edition is likely to be for today's picture of Jonson, and how electronic editing affects our idea of Jonson's self-presentation as author.

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