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Alchemistry, a favourite pursuit of the
ACHELEY (Thomas), a minor poet of


of Shakspeare, ii. 154.
the age of Shakspeare, i. 676.

Alderson (Dr.), opinion of, on the cause of
Acting, art of, consummately known to spectral visitations, ii. 405, 406. His
Shakspeare, i. 423.

Parts chiefly per- application of them to the character of
formed by him, 424, 425.

Hamlet, 408.
Actors, companies of, when first licensed, Ale, synonymous with merry making, i.

ii. 202. Placed under the superintend- 175. Different kinds of Ales, 176.
ence of the masters of the revels, 203. Leet-ale, 176. Clerk-ale, ibid. Church-
Their remuneration, 204. Patronized ales, 177-179.
by the court, 205, and also by private Alehouses, picture of, in Shakspeare's time,
individuals, whose names they bore, 205, ii. 216–218.
206. Days and hours of their perform- Alfs, or bright and swart elves of the Scan-
ance, 215, 216.

Their remuneration, dinavians, account of, ii. 308, 309.
223, 224.

All-Hallow-Eve, festival of, i. 341. Fires
Admission to the theatre, in the time of kindled on that eve, ibid. Prayers of-

Shakspeare, prices of, ii. 216, 217. fered for the souls of the departed, 342.
Adonis, beautiful address of Venus to, ii, 25, Supposed influence of fairies, spirits, &c.
26. See Venus and Adonis.

342-344. Spells practised on that eve,
Ægeon, exquisite portrait of, in the Co- 344-347.
medy of Errors, ii. 288.

Alliterations, in the English language, sa-
Æschylus, striking affinity between the cele- tirised by Sir Philip Sidney, i. 444.

brated trilogy of, and Shakspeare's Mac- All's Well that Ends Well, probable date of,
beth, ii. 472, 473.

ii. 422. Analysis of its characters, the
Affection (maternal), exquisite delineation Countess of Rousillon, 423. Helen, ib.
of, ii. 421.

424, 425. Remarks on the minor cha-
Affections (sympathetic), account of, i. 373, racters, 425.

Passages of this drama, which are illus-
Agate stone, supposed virtue of, i. 368.

trated in this work.
Agnus Dei, a supposed charm against thun- Act i. scene 3., ii. 424.
der, i. 364.

Act ii. scene 1., i. 108. 175. ii. 434.
Air, spirits of, introduced into the Tem-

scene 2., i. 143. 159.
pest, ii. 524.

scene 5., ii. 434.
Akenside's “ Pleasures of the Imagination”

scene 7., ji. 434.
quoted, i. 321, 322.

Act iii. scene 2., ii. 107. 425.


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Act iv. scene 10., i. 362.

Sir Henry Wotton, 297. Beautiful
scene 12., ii. 192.

verses on, by Davors, 614.
AU Saints' Day, festival of, i. 341. Super- Anglo-Norman romances, account of, i. 523

stitious observances on its vigil, 341– -531.

Animals, sagacious, in the time of Shak-
Allot (Robert), “ English Parnassus,” speare, notice of, ii. 186, 187.

i. 723. List of contributors to this col- Anneson (James), a minor poet of the age of
lection of poems, 724. Critical remarks Shakspeare, i. 676.

on the merits of his selection, ibid. 725. Ante-suppers, when introduced, ii. 128.
Amadis of Gaul (Romance of), popularity Anthropophagi, supposed existence of, i.
of, i. 545. Notice of English translations 385, 386.

Allusions to by Shakspeare,
of it, 546, 547.

Amusements of the fairies, ï. 342-345. Antony and Cleopatra, date of, ji. 492.
Amusements, national, in the age of Shak- Character and conduct of this drama,

speare, enumerated, i. 246, 247. Ac- 493.
count of the itinerant stage, 247-252. Passages of this drama which are illus-
The Cotswold games, 252-254. Hawk-

trated in the present work.
ing, 255. Hunting, 272. Fowling, 287. Act i. scene 4., i. 129.
Bird-batting, 289. Fishing, 289. Horse- Act ii, scene 3., i. 338.
racing, 297. The Quintaine, 300. Wild- Act iii. scene 9., i. 138,
goose chace, 304. Hurling, 305. Sho-

Act iv. scene 10., i. 308.
vel-board, 306. Shove-groat, 307. Apemantus, remarks on the character of,
Juvenile sports, 308—312. Amusements ii. 451, 452.
of the metropolis and court, ii. 168. Apes, kept as companions for the domestic
Card playing, 169. Tables and dice, 171. fools, ii. 146.
Dancing, 172. Bull-baiting and bear- Aphorisms of Shakspeare, character of, i.
baiting, 176. Archery, 178. Frequent- 517.
ing of Paul's Walk, 182. Sagacious Apparitions, probable causes of, ii. 406.
horses, 186. Masques and pageants, 187. Application of them to the character of
Royal progresses, 193.

Dramatic per-

Hamlet, 406-408.
formances, 201-226.

Arcadia of Sir Philip Sidney, critical notice
Anderson (James), a minor poet of the age of, i. 548–552. Alluded to by Shak-
of Shakspeare, i. 676.

speare, 573, 574.
Andrewe (Thomas), a minor poet of the Archery, a favourite diversion in the age

age of Shakspeare, i. 676.

Shakspeare, ii. 178. The knights of
Angels, different orders of, i. 335. Ac- Prince Arthur's round-table, a society of

count of the doctrine of guardian angels archers, instituted by Henry VIII., 179.
prevalent in Shakspeare's time, 336. Sup- Encouraged in the reign of Elizabeth,
posed number of angels, 337–339. Re- 179, 180. Decline of archery, 181, 182.
marks on this doctrine by Bishop Hors- Arden or Ardern family, account of, i. 3.
ley, 339, 340. The supposed agency of Shakspeare probably descended from, by
angelic spirits, as believed in Shakspeare's the female line, ibid.
time, critically analysed, ii

. 399-405. Ardesoif (Mr.), terrific death of, i. 146.
And applied to the introduction of the note.
spirit in Hamlet, 407-416. Superi- Ariel, analysis of the character of, ii. 506.
ority of Shakspeare's angelic spirits over

522, 523.
those of all other dramatists, ancient or

Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, as translated by
modern, 417, 418.

Sir John Harington, remarks on, i. 629.
Angling, notice of books on the art of, His “ Supposes,” a comedy, translated by

i. 290, 291. Contemplations of an an- Gascoigne, ii. 233.
gler, 292, 293. His qualifications de- Armin (Thomas), complaint of, against the
scribed, 294-296. Encomium on, by critics of his day, i. 456.

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Arms, supposed grant of, to John Shak

B speare, i. 1. Real grant and confirmation of, to him, 2, 3.

Bacon (Lord), character of his Henry VII., Arras Hangings, an article of furniture, in i. 476.; and of his “ Essays,” 512. 517.

the age of Shakspeare, ii. 114, 115. Bag-Pipe, the ancient accompaniment of Arthington (Henry), a minor poet of the the morris-dance and May-games, i. 164, age of Shakspeare, i. 676.

165. Arthur and Hubert, beautiful scene between, Baldwyne's “ Myrrour for Magistrates," acin the play of King John, ii. 422.

count of, i. 708, 709. Arthur's Chase, account of, i. 377, 378. Ballads, early English, notice of a collec. Arthur's Round Table, a society of archers, tion of, i. 574-576. Quotations from account of, i. 562, 563.

and allusions to them by Shakspeare, Arval, or Funeral Entertainment, account 577-593. of, i. 238.

Balnevis (Henry), a minor poet of the age Ascham (Roger), complaint of, on the lit- of Shakspeare, i. 676.

tle reward of schoolmasters, i. 27. note, Bandello, principal novels of, translated by 94. Improved the English language, Paynter, i. 541.

His novels wholly 439. Remarks of, on the cultivation of translated by Warner or Webbe, 543. classical literature in England, 450.; and Banquets, where taken, in the age of Shakof Italian literature, 452. Notice of his

speare, ii. 144. “ Scholemaster,” 454. His censure of Barksted (William), encomiastic verses of, the popularity of La Morte d'Arthur," on Shakspeare's Venus and Adonis, 524, 525. Design of his “ Toxophilus,” ii. 30. ii. 181.

Barley-Break, verses on, i. 309. How Aske (James), a minor poet of the age of played, 310.

Poetical description of, Shakspeare, i. 676.

311. Scottish mode of playing, 312. Asses' Heads, absurd recipe for fixing on Barnefielde (Richard), a minor poet of the the shoulders of man, ii. 351, 352.

age of Shakspeare, works of, i. 676, 677. As You Like It, date of, ii. 431. Remarks Character of his affectionate shepherd,

on the general structure of its fable, 431, 677. note t. Verses of, on Shakspeare's 432. Analysis of the character of Jaques, Venus and Adonis, and Lucrece, ii. 29. 433, 434.

Barnes (Barnabe), a minor poet of the age Passages of this drama which are illus- of Shakspeare, i. 677. Character of his trated in the present work.

Sonnets, ibid. note I.
Act i. scene 2., i. 301.

(Juliana), the book of St. Alban's Act ii. scene l., i. 367. 403.

of, reprinted by Markham, i. 70. note. scene 7., i. 55. ii. 102.

Dedication of it, ibid. Account of the Act iii. scene 2., ii. 115.

edition, with extracts, 71, 72, notes. The scene 3., i. 580.

treatyse of Fishing not written by her, scene 4., i. 556.

290. and note. Different editions of this Act iv. scene 1., i. 580. ii. 157.

work, 291. Act v. scene 4., i. 288. jj. 159. Baronets, order of, when created, ii. 527. The Epilogue, i. 218.

Their arms, 528. Aulrcy, statement of, respecting Shak. Barry's “ Ram Alley,” illustrated, i. 224.

speare's being a butcher, i. 36. Probabi- Barson or Barston, village, allusion to by lity of his account that Shakspeare had Shakspeare, i. 51. been schoolmaster, 45. His charac- Bastard (Thomas), notice of the epigrams ter of the poet, ii. 615.

of, i. 677. and note. Avale (Lemeke), a minor poet of the age of Batman (Stephen), a minor poet of the age Shakspeare, i. 676.

of Shakspeare, i. 677. Autolycus, remarks on the character of, Batman's translation of “ Bartholome de ii. 500.

Proprietatibus Rerum,' well known to
Shakspeare, i. 485.

Bear-baiting, a fashionable amusement in 433. Account of eminent bibliographers the age of Elizabeth, ii. 176. Prices of .

and bibliophiles of her court, 133— entrance to the bear-gardens, 178.

436. Beards, fashions of, in the age of Shak- Bidford Topers, anecdote of them and speare, ii. 102, 103.

Shakspeare, i. 48-50. Beards Wag all,the proverb of, ex- Bieston (Roger), a minor poet of the age of plained, i. 143, 144.

Shakspeare, i. 677. Beaufort (Cardinal), dying scene of, i. 390. Biographical Writers, during the age of Beaumont (Sir John), critical notices of, as Elizabeth, notice of, i. 482. a poet, i. 601, 602. His elegiac tribute

His elegiac tribute Birds, different modes of taking in the 16th to the memory of the Earl of

Southamp- century, i. 287. By means of stalkington, ii. 17, 18. How far he assisted horses, 288. Bird-batting described, Fletcher, 558.

289. Beaumont and Fletcher, illustrations of the Blackfriars, theatre in, account of, ii. 209, plays of,

210. Custom of the Country, i. 477. Black Letter books, chiefly confined to the Fair Maid of the Inn, i. 329.

time of Elizabeth, i. 438. Knight of the Burning Pestle, i. 477. Blenerhasset (Thomas), a minor poet of the ü. 282. 'note.

age of Shakspeare, i. 677. Additions Playhouse to Let, ii. 282. note.

made by him to the “ Mirrour for MagiScornful Lady, i. 224.

strates,” 709. Woman Pleased, act iv. sc. 1. i. 172, Boar's-head, anciently the first dish brought 173.

to table, i. 76. Ceremonies attending it, Beauty, exquisite taste for, discoverable in 201. Verses on, ibid. 202.

Shakspeare's works, ii. 616-618. Boccacio, principal novels of, translated by Bedchambers, furniture of, in the age of Paynter, i. 541. Shakspeare, ii. 117.

Bodenham's (John), “Garden of the Muses,” Belemnites, or Hag-Stones, supposed vir- a collection of poems, i. 725. Critical tues of, i. 367.

notice of, 726. List of contributors to it, Belleforests and Boisteau's “ Cent Histoires 726, 727.

Tragiques," a collection of tales, notice of, Bodley (Sir Thomas), an eminent book col. i. 544.

lector, notice of, i. 433. Observation of Bells, why tolled at funerals, i. 232–234. King James I. on quitting the Bodleian Worn by Hawks, 268.

library, 434. Beltein, or rural sacrifice of the Scotch Bolton (Edward), critical notice of his Highlanders on May-day, i. 152.

Hypercritica ; or Rule of Judgment for Bel-vedere, or the Garden of the Muses," a writing or reading our Historys,” i. 476

collection of poems, critical notice of, -471. i. 725, 726. List of contributors to it, Bond (Dr. John), an eminent Latin philo726, 727.

loger, i. 454. Benefices bestowed in Elizabeth's time on Booke of St. Albans, curious title and dedimenial servants, i. 92.

cation of Markham's edition of, i. 70. Betrothing, ceremony of, i. 220—223. note. Rarity of the original edition, 71. Betterton (Mr.), visits Stratford, in quest of note, extract from, ibid, 72. note.

information concerning Shakspeare, i. 34. Book of Sports, account of, i. 173, 174. Beverley (Peter), a minor poet of the age Books, taste for, encouraged by Queen Eliof Shakspeare, i. 677.

zabeth, i. 428.433–435. Were anciently Bevis (Sir), of Southampton, notice of, i. placed with their leaves outwards, 436.

565. Allusions by Shakspeare to the Were splendidly bound in the time of Eliromance of, 565, 566.

zabeth, 432. and note, 436. Hints on the Bezoar stones, supposed virtues of, i. 367. best mode of keeping books, 436, 437. Bibliography, cultivated by Queen Eliza- Remarks on the style in which they were

beth, i. 428. Influence of her example, executed, 437, 438.



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Boors, or country clowns, character of, in count of, ii. 330-336. Resemblance the 16th century, i. 120-122.

between him and Shakspeare's Puck, 351. Boots, preposterous fashions of, in the age Brutus, character of, ii. 492. of Shakspeare, ii. 106, 107.

Brydges (Sir Egerton), on the merits of Bourcher (Arthur), a minor poet of the age Lodge, as a poet, i. 633–635. Estimate of Shakspeare, i. 677.

of the poetical character of Sir Walter Bourman (Nicholas), a minor poet of the Raleigh, 640—642. Critical observaage of Shakspeare, i. 677.

tions of, on the “ Paradise of Daintie Boys (Rev.John), an eminent Grecian, notice Devises," 714, 715. And on“ England's of, i. 454.

Helicon,721-723. Bradshaw (Thomas), a minor poet of the Bryskett (Lodowick), a minor poet of the age of Shakspeare, i. 677.

age of Shakspeare, notice of, i. 678. and Bruthwait's English Gentleman cited, i. note. I 258, 259.

Buck (Sir George), a minor poet in the time Brathwayte (Richard), a minor poet of the of Shakspeare, i. 678. age of Shakspeare, i. 677.

Buchanan's “ Rerum Scoticarum Historia," Brawls, a fashionable dance in the age of character of, i. 477.

Shakspeare, ii. 173. Different sorts of, Bull-baiting, a fashionable amusement in ibid.

the age of Shakspeare, ii. 176, 177. Bread, enumeration of different kinds of, Bullokar's “ Bref Grammar for English,” in the age of Shakspeare, ii, 127.

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notice of, i. 455, 456. His innovations Breeches, preposterous size of, in the age


in English spelling, satirised by ShakShakspeare, ii. 104. and note.

speare, 472. Breton (Nicholas), critical notice of the Burbadge, the player, notice of, i. 417. poems of, i. 602, 603.

Burial, ceremony of, i. 232. Tolling the Brewer's “ Lingua,” illustration of, i. 477. passing-bell, ibid. 233, 234. Lake Brice (Thomas), a minor poet of the age of wakes, described, 234--236. Vestiges Shakspeare, i. 678.

of, in the north of England, 237. FuBridal Bed, why blessed, i. 226.

neral entertainments, 238. Garlands of Bride, custom of kissing at the altar, i. 225. flowers sometimes buried with the de

Supposed visionary appearances of future ceased, 240, 241. Graves planted with brides and bridegrooms, on Midsummer- flowers, 242-244. Eve, 332-334. and on All-Hallow-Eve, Burns, poetical description by, of the spells 344-347.

of All-Hallow-Eve, i. 346. Bride Ale (Rustic), description of, 227-229. Burton (William), critical notice of his Britton (Mr.), remarks of, on the monu- “ History of Leicestershire,” i. 481.

mental bust of Shakspeare, ii. 619, 620. Burton's apology for May-games and sports, Broke (Arthur), account of his “ Tragicall i, 174. Invective against the extravaHistorye of Romeus and Juliet,” ii. 357.

gance at inns, 219.

His list of sports and note.

pursued in his time, 247. Portrait of Brooke, (Christopher) a minor poet of the the illiterate country gentlemen of that age of Shakspeare, i. 678.

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age, 430, 431. Eulogium on books and Brooke (Thomas), a minor poet of the age book collectors, 434, 435. The popular of Shakspeare, i. 678.

song of “ Fortune my Foe," cited by Broughton (Rowland), a ininor poet of the him, 577. age of Shakspeare, i. 678.

Burton on the Heath, allusion to, by ShaksBrorone's (William), Britannia's Pastorals,

peare, i. 50. quotations from, illustrative of ancient Bust of Shakspeare, in Stratford church, customs : -on May-day, i. 155. Cri

originality of, proved, ii. 620. Its chatical notice of his merits as a poet, 603, racter and expression injured through 604, 605. Causes of his being neglected, Mr. Malone's interference, 621. 605.

Buttes (John), “Dyets Dry Dinner," curious - Brownie, a benevolent Scottish fairy, ac- extract from, ii. 218.

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