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The Quest for CardenioShakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play$
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David Carnegie and Gary Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.001.0001

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The Embassy, The City, The Court, The Text: Cardenio Performed in 1613

The Embassy, The City, The Court, The Text: Cardenio Performed in 1613

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The Quest for Cardenio

Gary Taylor

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the two known Jacobean performances of Cardenio. It provides new documentary evidence that one performance took place at the Aldermanbury home of Sir John Swinnerton, Mayor of London, attended by one or both of the ambassadors of the Duke of Savoy, and probably by other figures associated with them, including Sir Henry Wotton and Sir Richard Rich. It provides for the first time a full calendar of the movements of King James from 31 October 1612 to 20 May 1613, demonstrating that he probably did not see Cardenio until mid-February. It then connects Cardenio to the death of Prince Henry and to what is known about its early spectators. Finally, it re-examines Double Falsehood in the light of this early theatre history, and conjectures that Theobald’s adaptation was influenced by the reputation of D’Urfey’s Comical History of Don Quixote.

Keywords:   Cardenio, Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, Theobald, D’Urfey, King James, Swinnerton, Savoy

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