Though it is less overt in its use of Latin comedic conventions than its contemporary Ralph Roister Doister , a number of scholars have noted the play’s parodic treatment of Terentian comedy. Diccon helpfully shows Rat where he can hide in Chat’s house. This is due not only to the authentic Tudor characters but above all to their robust colloquial language. Search within my subject specializations: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gammer Gurton’s Needle is the second earliest extant English comedy , properly so called.
Above it are three escutcheonsleft to right: Kneeling opposite is his wife Jane Whitmore in front of their daughters. There are reasons to suppose, however, that the play had been in Colwell’s hands some time before it was printed, and it may well be identical with the Dyccon of Bedlam gurgon which he took out a licence in —3, “Diccon the Bedlem” being the first of the dramatis personae of Gammer Gurton.
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If such is the case, there is reason to believe that the ga,mer of Gammer Gurton’s Needle should be ascribed to the earlier period. Yet its anonymous author’s ingenuity manifests itself at every turn, not least in the multiple ironies evoked when Diccon the trickster makes Hodge believe that he will conjure the devil by kissing his backside in a travesty of religious or masonic oath-taking.
Retrieved from ” https: Dr Bridges took his MA degree at Pembroke College, Cambridgeinand the witty and sometimes coarse character of his acknowledged work makes it reasonable to suppose that he may plott been a coadjutor of the author. Nathaniel Still first-born son mourning the best father thus placed it of piety”.
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Ralph Roister Doister and Gammer Gurton’s Plit represent the two earliest extant comedies of English theatre, although there were comic episodes in the earlier mystery plays.
For more information, visit our inspection copies page. In Wells Cathedral a large canopied tomb with a recumbent effigy of the bishop is situated against the east wall of the chapel which leads from the north aisle to the Chapter House.
Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: Like Udall’s play, Gammer Gurton derives much from Roman comedy: He was made prebendary of Durham in —61, and died in He was appointed in Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinitysubsequently held livings in Suffolk where he was Archdeacon of Sudbury from to and Yorkshireand was master successively of St John’s College and of Trinity College Diccon then angers Dame Chat by telling her that Gammer Gurton has accused her of stealing her cock.
Stevenson was a fellow of Christ’s College from toand is perhaps to be identified with a William Stevenson, who was a fellow from to Not that he needeth monuments of stone for his well-gotten fame to rest uppon but this was reard gammre testifie that hee lives in theire loves ye yet surviving for unto vertu who first raised his name hee left the preservation of the same and to posterity remaine it shall when brass and marble monuments nerdle fall”. Sign in to annotate.
There is a fine monument to Still in the north transept of Wells Cathedralerected by his son Nathaniel. He was born at Grantham, Lincolnshire.
He lived for 64 years, sat as Bishop for When Gammer arrives at Dame Chat’s to demand her needle back, misunderstandings ensue, ending with Chat soundly beating Gammer and Hodge. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Literature Literary studies – plays and playwrights GO. Chat, believing that Hodge has entered her house to steal her chickens mistakenly beats the unfortunate Rat.
Consternation reigns at this loss, and everyone in the household joins in the search. He died on 26 Februaryleaving a large fortune from lead mines discovered in the Mendips. Views Read Edit View history. This is due not only to the authentic Tudor characters but above all to their robust colloquial language. The piece was also reprinted in Dodsley ‘s Old Plays vol. Intytuled Gammer Gurtons Nedlewas first credited with its authorship by Isaac Reed in his edition of Biographia dramatica.
In her pursuit of justice, Gammer sends for Doctor Rat, the curate. A Cambridge Alumni Database. The title-page of the piece, which was printed by Thomas Colwell instates that it was played not long ago at Christ’s College, Cambridgeand was “made by Mr S.