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Queen Mary and Harold   By: (1809-1892)

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QUEEN MARY and HAROLD

BY

ALFRED LORD TENNYSON, POET LAUREATE

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CONTENTS

QUEEN MARY: A DRAMA HAROLD: A DRAMA

QUEEN MARY: A DRAMA.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

QUEEN MARY. PHILIP, King of Naples and Sicily, afterwards King of Spain . THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH. REGINALD POLE, Cardinal and Papal Legate . SIMON RENARD, Spanish Ambassador . LE SIEUR DE NOAILLES, French Ambassador . THOMAS CRANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury . SIR NICHOLAS HEATH, Archbishop of York; Lord Chancellor after Gardiner . EDWARD COURTENAY, Earl of Devon . LORD WILLIAM HOWARD, afterwards Lord Howard, and Lord High Admiral . LORD WILLIAMS OF THAME. LORD PAGET. LORD PETRE. STEPHEN GARDINER, Bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor . EDMUND BONNER, Bishop of London . THOMAS THIRLBY, Bishop of Ely . SIR THOMAS WYATT SIR THOMAS STAFFORD Insurrectionary Leaders . SIR RALPH BAGENHALL. SIR ROBERT SOUTHWELL. SIR HENRY BEDINGFIELD. SIR WILLIAM CECIL. SIR THOMAS WHITE, Lord Mayor of London . THE DUKE OF ALVA THE COUNT DE FERIA attending on Philip . PETER MARTYR. FATHER COLE. FATHER BOURNE. VILLA GARCIA. SOTO. CAPTAIN BRETT ANTHONY KNYVETT Adherents of Wyatt . PETERS, Gentleman of Lord Howard . ROGER, Servant to Noailles . WILLIAM, Servant to Wyatt . STEWARD OF HOUSEHOLD to the Princess Elizabeth . OLD NOKES and NOKES. MARCHIONESS OF EXETER, Mother of Courtenay . LADY CLARENCE LADY MAGDALEN DACRES Ladies in Waiting to the Queen . ALICE to the Princess Elizabeth . MAID OF HONOUR JOAN TIB two Country Wives .

Lords and other Attendants, Members of the Privy Council, Members of Parliament, Two Gentlemen, Aldermen, Citizens, Peasants, Ushers, Messengers, Guards, Pages, Gospellers, Marshalmen, etc .

QUEEN MARY.

ACT I.

SCENE I. ALDGATE RICHLY DECORATED.

CROWD. MARSHALMEN.

MARSHALMAN. Stand back, keep a clear lane! When will her Majesty pass, sayst thou? why now, even now; wherefore draw back your heads and your horns before I break them, and make what noise you will with your tongues, so it be not treason. Long live Queen Mary, the lawful and legitimate daughter of Harry the Eighth! Shout, knaves!

CITIZENS. Long live Queen Mary!

FIRST CITIZEN. That's a hard word, legitimate; what does it mean?

SECOND CITIZEN. It means a bastard.

THIRD CITIZEN. Nay, it means true born.

FIRST CITIZEN. Why, didn't the Parliament make her a bastard?

SECOND CITIZEN. No; it was the Lady Elizabeth.

THIRD CITIZEN. That was after, man; that was after.

FIRST CITIZEN. Then which is the bastard?

SECOND CITIZEN. Troth, they be both bastards by Act of Parliament and Council.

THIRD CITIZEN. Ay, the Parliament can make every true born man of us a bastard. Old Nokes, can't it make thee a bastard? thou shouldst know, for thou art as white as three Christmasses.

OLD NOKES ( dreamily ). Who's a passing? King Edward or King Richard?

THIRD CITIZEN. No, old Nokes.

OLD NOKES. It's Harry!

THIRD CITIZEN. It's Queen Mary.

OLD NOKES. The blessed Mary's a passing! [ Falls on his knees .

NOKES. Let father alone, my masters! he's past your questioning.

THIRD CITIZEN. Answer thou for him, then thou'rt no such cockerel thyself, for thou was born i' the tail end of old Harry the Seventh.

NOKES. Eh! that was afore bastard making began. I was born true man at five in the forenoon i' the tail of old Harry, and so they can't make me a bastard.

THIRD CITIZEN. But if Parliament can make the Queen a bastard, why, it follows all the more that they can make thee one, who art fray'd i' the knees, and out at elbow, and bald o' the back, and bursten at the toes, and down at heels.

NOKES. I was born of a true man and a ring'd wife, and I can't argue upon it; but I and my old woman 'ud burn upon it, that would we.

MARSHALMAN. What are you cackling of bastardy under the Queen's own nose? I'll have you flogg'd and burnt too, by the Rood I will... Continue reading book >>




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