Viewing Event Record: Two Blackfriars plays offend the King


As Berry explains, the Children of the Blackfriars performed two plays which caused offense to the King: the first 'mocked the King's Scottish friends and a Scottish mine operated in his name,' and the second mocked the Queen of France. Sir Thomas Lake writes to the Earl of Montgomery that the King is pleased with the Earl's plans to have the players committed for the offence, and reiterates his wish that the children no longer be allowed to play. Either the Lord Chamberlain or the privy council should take immediate action to see that the company is dissolved, and the playwright punished.

Date Event Recorded

From: 11 March 1608 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: before 11 March 1608 (Source of claim: externally supplied)


Blackfriars (II)


Name Event Role(s) Document Role(s)
Stuart, James I King
de Zuniga, Pedro Spanish ambassador
Lake, Thomas correspondent
Cecil, Robert correspondent

Event Type

  • company business
  • company context
  • playwright context