By George Charles Moore Smith (editor)

ISBN-10: 1108002951

ISBN-13: 9781108002950

Initially written and staged within the overdue 16th century, membership legislation was once released for the 1st time greater than 3 centuries later. a colorful satire, the play captures the spirit of a bygone period. membership legislations playfully reconstructs the heated debate among the collage 'Accademicks' and the city council, who have been viciously at odds. even though characters' names have been replaced, the play used to be so real to lifestyles in its depiction of up to date politics that a lot uproar its functionality at Clare corridor (now Clare College), Cambridge approximately 1599. came upon titleless and lacking a few pages and scenes, the play used to be pieced again jointly via G. C. Moore Smith in 1907. a close advent outlines the play's environment and historic context, and attracts parallels among this satirical Elizabethan play and modern society. complete notes and an index also are incorporated.

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This I fear is but too true, and how the Cam- xxxiv Club Law bridge men will get out of the dilemma I know not. T o be judge in one's own cause is such a delightful advantage that no one would give up if he could preserve that and his character at the same time, unless he were a very disinterested sort of a body. 'And here, by the by, good people of England, you need not, indeed you need not, be in the least alarmed at the suspension of the Habeas Corpus act, of which so much has been said. We in Cambridge live and have lived under the suspension of it all our lives.

Johnem Banbridge et Georgium Bubworthe qui affirmaverunt allegata pd. esse vera, sayeinge that the said John Banbridge and one Richard Gilman servaunte to M r Milner of Trinitye Colledge did playe there at the tables even righte nowe for beere breade and cheese. condemnavit pr. Joanes in xh ' On 8th July, 1597, the Proctors brought a suit against Hugh Jones, of Cambridge, ' Inhoulder,' alleging that ' he keepeth an Inne in Cambridge and did dresse fleshe uppon a fastinge daye, viz. ' It was ordered that 'the said Joanes hereafter shall keepe good rule in his howse,' etc.

2 Cooper, n . 593. Sir Thos. B. was always in reduced circumstances. His translation of Plutarch's Lives appeared in 1579. He is thought to have been educated at Peterhouse, was knighted about 1591, and was in the commission of the peace for the County of Cambridge in 1592 and 1597. In 1601 he received a pension of ^40 per annum from the Queen, and appears to have died soon after. 3 p. xxv. 4 A Covenant Bond, in the office of the Town Clerk, Cambridge, of 6th January, 25 Eliz. (158I), is signed 'Jas.

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