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Poverty and Charity in Early Modern Theater and Performance Studies in Theatre History and Culture Edited by Heather Nathans in Early Modern Theater and Performance Robert Henke universit y of iowa press • iowa cit y POVERTY &CHARITY University of Iowa Press, Iowa City 52242 Copyright © 2015 by the University of Iowa Press Printed in the United States of America Design by Omega Clay No part of this book may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. All reasonable steps have been taken to contact copyright holders of material used in this book. The publisher would be pleased to make suitable arrangements with any whom it has not been possible to reach. The University of Iowa Press is a member of Green Press Initiative and is committed to preserving natural resources. Printed on acid-free paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Henke, Robert, 1955– Poverty and charity in early modern theater and performance / Robert Henke. pages cm. — (Studies in theatre history and culture) Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 978-1-60938-361-9 (pbk), isbn 978-1-60938-362-6 (ebk) 1. European ­ drama—­ Renaissance, 1450–1600—History and criticism. 2. European drama—17th ­ century—­ History and criticism. 3. ­ Theater—­ Europe—­ History. 4. Poverty in literature. 5. Charity in literature. I. Title. pn1791.h46  2015 809.2’0094—dc23  2015005554 To our wonderful twin girls, Gwyneth and Marina “There was a star danced, and under that you were born.” Passano inanci, e adietro, e non mi vede . . . Pero che povertà mi fa invisibile. They pass before me and behind me and do not see me . . . Because poverty makes me invisible. Giovanni di Giorgio il Cieco, 1557 Gi è uomeni de carne, com a’ seóm nu. . . . E sí fa pan com a’ fazóm, e sí magna com a’ fazóm nu. They are men of flesh and blood like us . . . . And they make bread like we do, and they eat like we do too. Ruzante, Il parlamento, 1529 Poor naked wretches, wheresoe’er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your looped and window’d raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these? O, I have ta’en Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp, Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them King Lear, c.1605 ...


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