About

This site is dedicated to discussion of an obscure play called The Tragical History, Admirable Atchievments and various events of Guy Earl of Warwick, printed in 1661 by Thomas Vere and William Gilbertson.

The obvious question is: 'Why bother?'

The answer is that a number of scholars believe that, although printed in 1661, Guy is actually a work from the Elizabethan (or early Jacobean) period, and contains a clown, called Sparrow, who is a satire on Shakespeare. If this were true, and we could establish who wrote Guy, this would be a remarkable new discovery about the literary life and times of Shakespeare.

I have been studying Guy for a number of years, and have had three papers related to the subject published in the journal Notes and Queries (full-text versions of these papers are available on the Papers page). To date, I have followed the traditional peer-reviewed journal approach to getting my ideas across, but while I understand the virtues of this approach, I have become a little frustrated with the slowness of the process. From submission of a paper to publication can take a year or two, and getting feedback through citations (if any) can take even longer. So I have decided instead to try to speed up discussion of Guy by starting a blog about it, where I can post working notes, get comments (hopefully), and generally stimulate discussion on this intriguing, and likely very important, play.

An online copy of The Tragical History, Admirable Atchievments and various events of Guy Earl of Warwick is available here.

The image in the header is Jake as Crab in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2008).