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Alan Pritchard
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 Posted: Thu May 27th, 2010 11:20 am
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Not just Wikipedia! By the playwright Robert Greene (see DNB). The following from the online DNB:
'In The Honorable Historie of Frier Bacon and Frier Bongay (1589, printed 1594), ingeniously staged magical devices link the rival magicians to the rival wooers of Margaret, daughter of the Keeper of Fressingfield. Academia is satirized in the episode of the brazen head, which speaks oracular truths while Friar Bacon sleeps and his foolish subsizar Miles dozes. The Scottish Historie of James the Fourth (1590?, printed 1598) makes even freer use of known historical figures, as the king's villainy fails to dislodge Ida's modest love for her social equal. Although Selimus and Frier Bacon are named on early title-pages as Queen's Men's plays, the latter was also performed by Lord Strange's Men and Sussex's Men during the 1590s. Frier Bacon probably remained longest in repertory; the 1630 edition claims a recent performance.'

There is a recent edition published in 1963.

Also a study in Ambix 1975 by Lynn V. Sadler 'Alchemy and Greene's Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay'

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 Posted: Thu May 27th, 2010 12:33 pm
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And on Early English Books Online, for those lucky enough to have access.


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