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Annotation Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) - 'our different Shakespeare' - is the single different Renaissance playwright who created lasting masterpieces of either comedy and tragedy; he additionally wrote the best box-office hit of early sleek London (the special heritage playA online game at Chess). His variety extends past those conventional genres to tragicomedies, masques, pageants, pamphlets, epigrams, and Biblical and political Read more...

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St Mary’s Newington was able and anxious to attract an educated ministry, and to hear ‘lectures’ in addition to the weekly sermon. But Middleton, although a gentleman, was apparently not wealthy or important enough to play an active part in parish affairs: in the October 1624 subsidy roll of taxable incomes in Newington Butts, he had the lowest possible assessment; taxability put him, financially, in the top quarter of the population, but at three pounds, eight shillings he was worth only about one-sixth the amount his father had been, more than forty years before.

New students were supposed to remain resident in Oxford for a full uninterrupted year, and absconders could lose their scholarships; one witness thought Middleton, by answering his mother’s call ‘lost his fellowship at Oxford’, which had allegedly been secured for him by his stepfather. Certainly, family troubles kept interfering with his intellectual life, and the pursuit of an intellectual life kept eroding his inheritance. In the summer of 1599 he was again in London, a party to further legal wrangling between his mother and his brother-in-law; on 3 December 1599 he sold Waterer his half-share in the Limehouse lease.

Alternatively, you could reach Middleton’s home by taking the horse-ferry from Westminster to Lambeth, and walking from there along Lambeth Palace Road. Newington was one of ‘the city out-leaps for a spirt’ (in 1639), a place Londoners could reach easily on foot on day-trips, particularly on Sundays, when they wanted to get away from it all. It was not far from the open-air theatres on the south bank, and for more than a decade had a theatre of its own, which hosted Titus Andronicus and The Jew of Malta, among other plays, in the 1590s.

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