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Sir Thomas More

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By: (1560? -1633)

Sir Thomas More is a collaborative Elizabethan play by Anthony Munday and others depicting the life and death of Thomas More. It survives only in a single manuscript, now owned by the British Library. The manuscript is notable because three pages of it are considered to be in the hand of William Shakespeare and for the light it sheds on the collaborative nature of Elizabethan drama and the theatrical censorship of the era. The play dramatizes events in More's life, both real and legendary, in an episodic manner in 17 scenes, unified only by the rise and fall of More's fortunes.

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An anonymous play of the sixteen century ascribed in part to William Shakespeare. First printed in 1844 and here re edited from the Harleian MS. 7368 in the British Museum.


Earl of SHREWSBURY. Earl of SURREY. Sir THOMAS PALMER. Sir ROGER CHOMLEY. Sir THOMAS MORE. Lord Mayor. Aldermen. SURESBY, a Justice. Other Justices. Sheriffs. Recorder. Sergeant at Arms. Clerk of the Council. ERASMUS. Bishop of Rochester. ROPER, son in law to MORE. JOHN LINCOLN, a broker. GEORGE BETTS. His brother (the 'Clown'). WILLIAMSON, a carpenter. SHERWIN, a goldsmith. FRANCIS DE BARDE, Lombard. CAVELER, Lombard. LIFTER, a cut purse. SMART, plaintiff against him. HARRY, ROBIN, KIT, and others, Prentices. MORRIS. FAULKNER, his servant. Players. GOUGH. CATESBY. RANDALL. Butler. Brewer. Porter. Horsekeeper. CROFTS. DOWNES. Lieutenant of the Tower. Warders of the Tower. Gentleman Porter of the Tower. Hangman.

Lords, Gentlemen, Officers, Messengers, Guard, Attendants.

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