History Play: A Working Bibliography

The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century History Play:
A Working Bibliography, December 1995

BY

W. L. Godshalk, University of Cincinnati, godshawl@ucbeh.san.uc.edu
with help from
Anthony Martin, Waseda University, amartin@mn.waseda.ac.jp
and
Thomas G. Olsen, Department of English, The Ohio State University

Reproduced by kind permission of W.L. Godshalk, who acknowledges with thanks the subscribers to FICINIO, many of whom contributed items for this bibliography.


Contents:

  • Primary Works: Histories
  • Secondary Works: Books
  • Secondary Works: Articles
  • A Selection of Extant Plays, Excluding Shakespeare’s

Primary Works: Histories

  • Baldwin, William, et al. A Mirror for Magistrates. London, 1559, etc.
  • Daniel, Samuel. The Civile Wars betweene the Howses of Lancaster and Yorke. London: H. Lownes for S. Waterson, 1609.
  • Daniel, Samuel. The Collection of the Historie of England. London: N. Okes, 1618.
  • Daniel, Samuel. The First Fowre Bookes of the Ciuile Wars between the Two Houses of Lancaster and Yorke. London: P. Short for S. Waterson, 1595.
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth. Historia Regum Britanniae
  • Grafton Richard. The Chronicle of John Harding . . . with a Continuation in Prose to this Our Own Time. London, 1543.
  • Grafton, Richard. A Chronicle at Large. London, 1568 etc.
  • Fabyan, Robert. New Chronicles of England and France. London, 1516, etc.
  • Foxe, John. Act and Monuments. London, 1563, etc.
  • Hall, Edward. The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Famelies of Lancastre & Yorke (1548) Rpt. London, 1809, and after.
  • Holinshed, Raphael. Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1577, 1587) Rpt. 6 vols. London, 1807-08.
  • More, Thomas. The History of Richard III. In Grafton, 1543, etc.
  • Speed, John. The History of Great Britain. London, 1611.
  • Stow, John. A Summary of English Chronicles. London, 1565.
  • Stow, John. The Annals of England. London, 1605.
  • Vergil, Polydore. Anglia Historia Libri XXVI. Basle, 1534, etc.
  • Vergil, Polydore. An Abridgement of the Notable Work of Polydore Vergil. Trans. T. Langley. London, 1546.

Secondary Works: Books

  • Axton, M. , The Queen’s Two Bodies: Drama and the Elizabethan Succession. London, 1977
  • Brady, Oberman, and Tracy, Handbook of European History, 1400-1600 (Brill, 1994-95)
  • Baker, Herschel. The Race of Time: Three Lectures on Renaissance Historiography. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1967.
  • Berry, Edward I. Patterns of Decay: Shakespeare’s Early Histories. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1975.
  • Blanpied, John. Time and the Artist in Shakespeare’s English Histories. Newark: U of Delaware P, 1983.
  • Boris, Edna Z. Shakespeare’s English Kings, the People, and the Law: A Study in the Relationship between the Tudor Constitution and the English History Play. Cranbury, NJ: Associated U Presses, 1974.
  • Bromley, John. The Shakespearean Kings. Boulder: Colorado Associated P, 1971.
  • Burke, Peter. The Renaissance Sense of the Past. London: Edward Arnold, 1969.
  • Butterfield, Herbert. The Englishman and His History.
  • Campbell, Lilly Bess. Shakespeare’s Histories: Mirrors of Elizabethan Policy. San Marino: Huntington, 1947
  • Cochrane, Eric. Historians and Historiography in the Italian Renaissance. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1981.
  • Dessen, Alan C. Shakespeare and the Late Moral Plays. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 1986. Richard III, 1 Henry IV, and 2 Henry IV. PR 2933.M65 D47 1986
  • Dubois, Claude-Gilbert. La Conception de l’histoire en France ay VXIe . . . Paris:Nizet, 1977.
  • Edwards, Philip. Shakespeare: A Writer’s Progress. New York, Oxford UP, 1986. Chapter 4: History, 104-125.
  • Ferguson, Arthur B. Clio Unbound: The Perception of the Social and Cultural Past in Renaissance England. Duke Univ Press, 1979
  • Ferguson, Arthur B. Utter Antiquity: Perceptions of Prehistory in Renaissance England. Duke Univ Press, 1993.
  • Fussner, F. Smith. The Historical Revolution: English Historical Writing and Thought 1580-1640. New York, 1962; rpt. Westport, 1976.
  • Fussner, F. Smith. Tudor History and the Historians. 1970.
  • Kastan, David Scott. Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time. 1982.
  • Kemp, Anthony. The Estrangement of the Past: A Study in the Origins of Modern Historical Consciousness. New York: Oxford UP, 1991.
  • Kendrick, T. D. British Antiquity. Methuen, 1950.
  • Gransden, Antonia. Historical Writing in England, c.1307 to the Early Sixteenth Century. Cornell Univ Press, 1982.
  • Green, Louis. Chronicle into History.
  • Hay, Denys. Annalists and Historians: Western Historiography from the Eighth to the Eighteenth Centuries. London: Methuen, 1977.
  • Hay, Denys. Polydore Vergil: Renaissance Historian and Man of Letters. 1952.
  • Hooker, Richard. Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1592-1600).
  • Huppert, George. The Idea of Perfect History.
  • Ianziti, Gary. “Humanism’s New Science: The History of the Future,” I Tatti Studies 4 (1991): 59-88.
  • Fussner, F. Smith. The Historical Revolution: English Historical Writing and Thought 1580-1640. New York, 1962; rpt. Westport, 1976.
  • Fussner, F. Smith. Tudor History and the Historians. 1970.
  • Kastan, David Scott. Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time. 1982.
  • Kelley, Donald R. The Foundations of Modern Historical Scholarship: Language, Law and History in the French Renaissance. Columbia UP, 1970.
  • Kelley, Donald R. Versions of History from Antiquity to the Enligtenment.
  • Kelly, Henry A. Divine Providence in the England of Shakespeare’s Histories. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1970.
  • Kendrick, T. D. British Antiquity. Methuen, 1950.
  • Leggatt, Alexander. Shakespeare’s Political Drama: The History Plays and the Roman Plays. London: Routledge, 1988.
  • Levine, Joseph. Humanism and History (Ithaca, 1987)
  • [Levine, Joseph. Essays … Is this a book, or a reference to a number of articles by Levine? He has a book,]
  • Levy, F. J. Tudor Historical Thought U of California, 1967
  • Levy, F. J. Tudor Historiography
  • Lindenberger, Herbert. Historical Drama: The Relation of Literature and Reality. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1975.
  • Manheim, Michael. The Weak King Dilemma in the Shakespearean History Play. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 1973.
  • McKisack, May. Medieval History in the Tudor Age. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971.
  • Mendyk, Stan. Speculum Britanniae. [Mendyk, Stan. Speculum Britanniae … Any more information on this? I am aware of a couple of articles by him on chorography.]
  • Moss, Jean Dietz. Novelties in the Heavens: Rhetoric and Science in the Copernican Controversy. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1993.
  • Norbrook, David. Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance. London: Routledge, 1984.
  • Ornstein, Robert. A Kingdom for a Stage: The Achievement of Shakespeare’s History Plays. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972.
  • Palmer, John. Political Characters of Shakespeare. London, 1948.
  • Patterson, Annabel. Reading Holinshed’s Chronicles. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1994.
  • Phillips, Mark. Francesco Guicciardini, and the Tradition of Vernacular Historiography in Florence.
  • Pierce, Robert B. Shakespeare’s History Plays: The Family and the State. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1971.
  • Piggott, Stuart. Ancient Britons and the Antiquarian Imagination. Thames and Hudson, 1989.
  • Piggott, Stuart. Ruins in a Landscape.
  • Pocock, J. G. A. The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law: A Study of English Historical Thought in the Seventeenth Century. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1987)
  • Prior, Moody E. The Drama of Power: Studies in Shakespeare’s History Plays. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1973.
  • Ranum, Orest, ed. National Consciousness: History and Political Culture in Early Modern Europe. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1975.
  • Rackin, Phyllis. Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1990.
  • Reed, Robert Rentoul, Jr. Crime and God’s Judgement in Shakespeare. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1984. History plays and tragedies. PR 3017.R43 1984
  • Reese, M. M. The Cease of Majesty: A Study of Shakespeare’s History Plays. London: Edward Arnold, 1961.
  • Ribner, Irving. The History Play in the Age of Shakespeare. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957.
  • Richmond, H. M. Shakespeare’s Political Plays. New York: Random House, 1967.
  • Riggs, David. Shakespeare’s Heroical Histories: Henry VI and Its Literary Tradition. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1971.
  • Schelling, Felix E. The English Chronicle Play: A Study in the Popular Historical Literature Environing Shakespeare. New York: Macmillan, 1902. Shaheen, Naseeb. Biblical References in Shakespeare’s History Plays. Newark: U of Delaware P, 1989.
  • Stauffer, Donald. “A Deep and Sad Passion.&uot; In Essays in Dramatic Literature: The Parrott Presentation Volume, ed. Hardin Craig. Princeton: Princeton U P, 1935. 289-314. The style of the history plays influenced the writing of vernacular history.
  • Struever, Nancy. The Language of History in the Renaissance. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1970.
  • Struever, Nancy. Theory as Practice: Ethical Inquiry in the Renaissance. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1992.
  • Tillyard, E. M. W. The Elizabethan World Picture. London: Chatto & Windus, 1943.
  • Tillyard, E. M. W. Shakespeare’s History Plays. New York, 1946.
  • Traversi, Derek. Shakespeare: From Richard II to Henry V. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1957.
  • Weiss, Roberto. The Renaissance Discovery of Classical Antiquity. Oxford: Blackwell, 1969.
  • Wikander, Matthew H. The Play of Truth and State: Historical Drama from Shakespeare to Brecht. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins P, 1986.
  • Wilcox, Donald. The Development of Florentine Humanist Historiography in the Fifteenth Century. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1969.
  • Wilcox, Donald. The Measure of Times Past. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1987. D11 .W59 1987
  • Woolf, D. R. The Idea of History in Early Stuart England. Toronto, 1990.
  • Woolf, D.R. Making History: a Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing (forthcoming)
  • Wright, Louis B. Middle-Class Culture in Elizabethan England. Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina P, 1935. Chapter IX. “The Utility of History.” 297-338. PR421 .W8 Discusses the histories available to the Elizabethan middle class.

Secondary Works: Articles

  • Alsop, J. D., and Wesley M. Stevens, “William Lambarde and the Elizabethan Polity,” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History 8 (1986): 233-265.
  • Alsop, J. D., “William Fleetwood and Elizabethan Historical Scholarship,” Sixteenth Century Journal 25 (1994): 155-176.
  • Anglo, S., “The British History in Early Tudor Propaganda,” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library (1961) 17-48.
  • Beer, B., “John Stow and Tudor Rebellions, 1549-1569,” Journal of British Studies 27 (1988) 352-74.
  • Brooks, C., and Kevin Sharpe, “Debate: History, English Law and the Renaissance,” Past and Present 72 (1976) 133-42.
  • Devereux, E. J., “Empty Tuns and Unfruitful Grafts: Richard Grafton’s Historical Publications,” Sixteenth Century Journal 21 (1990) 33-56.
  • Dick, Hugh. “Thomas Blundeville’s The true order and Methode of wryting and reading Hystories,” Huntington Library Quarterly 3 (1940)
  • Ianziti, Gary. “Humanism’s New Science: The History of the Future.” I Tatti Studies, 4 (1991): 59-88.
  • Kastan, David Scott. “Proud Majesty Made a Subject,” SQ 1987??
  • Kelley, D. R., “History, English Law and the Renaissance,” Past and Present 65 (1974) 24-51.
  • Levine, J. M., “Sir Walter Ralegh and the Ancient Wisdom,” in Court, Country and Culture (Festschrift for Perez Zagorin), ed.Kunze and Brautigam: Unversity of Rochester Press.,1992
  • Mendyk, S., “Early British Chorography,” Sixteenth Century Journal 17 (1986) 459-481. Nadel, G. H., “History as Psychology in Francis Bacon’s Theory of History,” History and Theory 5 (1966) 275-82.
  • Phillips, Mark. “Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and the Tradition of Vernacular Historiography in Florence.” AHR 84 (1979): 86-105.
  • Ullmann, W., “This Realm of England is an Empire,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 30 (1979) 175-203.
  • Weisinger, Herbert. “Ideas of History during the Renaissance.” In Renaissance Essays from the Journal of the History of Ideas, ed. Paul Oskar Kristeller and Philip F. Wiener. New York: Harper, 1968. 74-94.

A Selection of Extant History Plays, other than Shakespeare’s, including Some Historical Romances

  • Alarum for London (1602)
  • Albion Knight (1537-38) London: T. Colwell, 1565.
  • Bale, John. Kynge Johan (1530-36)
  • Brewer, Anthony. The Lovesick King. (ca. 1617) London: John Sweeting, 1655. Ed. A. E. H. Swaen, Materialien, 1907.
  • Birkhead, Henry. Cola’s Fury, The Tragedy of, and Lirenda’s Misery. (ca. 1645).
  • Captain Thomas Stukeley, The Famous History of the Life and Death of (ca. 1596) London: Thomas Pavier, 1605. ed. Judith C. Levinson. Malone Society Reprint. 1975.
  • Davenport, Robert. King John and Matilda. (1628-34). London: Andrew Pennycuicke, 1655. Ed. A. H. Bullen, Works, 1890.
  • Day, John and Henry Chettle. The Blind Beggar of Bednal Green. (ca. 1600) London: R. Pollard and Thomas Dring, 1659.
  • Day, John and Thomas Dekker. Guy Earl of Warwick, The Life and Death of. 1620.
  • Dekker, Thomas. Old Fortunatus. (1596) (1600)
  • Dekker, Thomas. The Shoemaker’s Holiday (1599). London: Valentine Simmes, 1600.
  • Dekker, Thomas and John Webster. Sir Thomas Wyatt, The Famous History of. (1603-05). London: Thomas Archer, 1607. Ed. Fredson Bowers, Dekker Works, 1953.
  • Dekker, Thomas. The Whore of Babylon. (1605-06). London: Nathanael Butter, 1605. Ed. Fredson Bowers, Dekker Works, 1955.
  • Dick of Devonshire. 1625
  • Drue, Thomas. The Duchess of Suffolk, The Life of. (1623) London: Jasper Emery, 1631. STC 7242.
  • Edmund Ironside or War Hath Made All Friends (ca. 1590), ed. Eleanore Boswell. Malone Society Reprints. 1928
  • Edward III, The Reign of. (1589-92) London: Cuthbert Burby, 1599. Tudor Facsimile Texts. 1910
  • The Fair Maid of Bristow (1605). London: Thomas Pavier, 1605. Ed. J. S. Farmer, TFT, 1912.
  • The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth (ca. 1588), possibly by Richard Tarleton.
  • Fisher, Jasper. Fuimus Troes, The True Trojans. (1633) London: Robert Allott, 1633.
  • Fletcher, John. Bonduca (1609-14). Ed. Greg, MSR, 1951.
  • Ford, John. Perkin Warbeck, The Chronicle History of. (ca. 1633). London: Hugh Beeston, 1634.
  • George a Greene, The Pinner of Wakefield (1591-92), possibly by Robert Greene. London: Simon Stafford for Cuthbert Burby, 1599.
  • Greene, Robert. James IV, The Scottish History of. (1589-92) London: Thomas Creede, 1598.
  • Heywood, Thomas. 1 and 2 Edward IV (1594-99). London: John Oxenbridge, 1599. Pearson, Works, 1874.
  • Heywood, Thomas. 1 and 2 The Fair Maid of the West. (1612) (1631)
  • Heywood, Thomas and William Rowley. Fortune by Land and Sea. 1609. 1655.
  • Heywood, Thomas. 1 and 2 If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody (1603-05)
  • Heywood, Thomas. Royal King and Loyal Subject. (1633) 1637
  • Hughes, Thomas. The Misfortunes of Arthur (1588). London: Robert Robinson, 1587-88).
  • Jack Straw, The Life and Death of. (1587-1590). possibly by George Peele. London: John Danter, 1593.
  • Locrine, The Lamentable Tragedy of. (1588-89) possbily by Robert Greene. London: Thomas Creede, 1595).
  • Marlowe, Christopher. Edward II, The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of (1591?) London: William Jones, 1594.
  • Middleton, Hengist, King of Kent, or The Mayor of Quinborough. (1616-20). Ed. R. C. Bald, 1938.
  • Munday, Anthony and Henry Chettle. The Death of Robert Earl of Huntingdon. ed. John C. Meagher. Malone Society Reprints. 1967.
  • Munday, Anthony and Henry Chettle. The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntingdon. ed, John C. Meagher. Malone Society Reprints. 1965.
  • Munday, Anthony. John a Kent and John a Cumber (1589). Farmer, ed. TFT. 1912
  • Munday, Anthony, et al. Sir John Oldcastle, The True and Honorable History of the Life of. (1599) London: Thomas Pavier, 1600. ed. P. Simpson, Malone Society Reprints, 1908.
  • Munday, Anthony. Sir Thomas More. ed. Vittorio Gabrieli and Giorgio Melchiori. Revels. 1990.
  • Nobody and Somebody, with the True Chronicle History of Elydure (1603-1606). London: John Trundell, 1606.
  • Peele, George. The Battle of Alcazar. (1589) (1594)
  • Peele, George. Edward I, The Famous Chronicle of King. (1590-91) London: Abell Jeffes, 1593.
  • Respublica (1553), possibly by Nicholas Udall. EETS, 1952.
  • Richard III, The True Tragedy of. ed. W. W. Greg. Malone Society Reprints. 1929.
  • Rowley, William, et al. The Birth of Merlin (1597? 1620?). London: Francis Kirkman and Henry Marsh, 1662.
  • Rowley, William. When You See Me, You Know Me. (1604-1605) London: Nathanael Butter, 1605.
  • Sackville, Thomas and Thomas Norton, Gorboduc.
  • Sir John Oldcastle (1600). See Munday, Anthony.
  • Skelton, John. Magnyfycence (1519)
  • Thomas Lord Cromwell, The True Chronicle History of the Whole Life and Death of. (ca. 1600). London: William Jones, 1602.
  • 1 and 2 The Troublesome Reign of John, King of England (1588-89). London: Thomas Creede, 1594. Tudor Facsimile Texts. 1911
  • The True Chronicle History of King Leir (1594)
  • The Valiant Scot (1637?), by J. W. London: Thomas Harper for John Waterson, 1637.
  • The Valiant Welshman (ca. 1615). London: George Purslowe for Robert Lownes, 1615. Ed. J. S. Farmer, TFT, 1913.
  • Vennar. England’s Joy. 1602. STC 24636. Listed in Schelling. Check
  • The Welsh Ambassador (ca. 1623). possibly by Thomas Dekker. Ed. Greg, MSR, 1920.
  • Wilson, Robert. Fair Em, The Miller’s Daughter of Manchester. (1595-1600) ed. J.S. Farmer, TFT, 1911.
  • Woodstock (1 Richard II). ed. Wilhelmina P. Frijlinck. Malone Society Reprints. 1929.
  • Woodstock, ed. A. P. Rossiter (1946)

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