f [1v] (London)
|Paid 13 November for d Ridleis bookes ij s. and for a boke of playrs of ye widow of watlingstreet & the playe of the Daye of Iudgment at lyens v d.||ij s. v d.|
Paid at london by me for 3 yardes quarter of blacke clothe for a cloke iij li. xviij s....
The Paulet family was resident at Freefolk.
The play of 'ye widow of watlingstreet' is Thomas Middleton's The Puritan Widow, recently performed by Paul's boys (Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino (eds), Thomas Middleton, Vol 2: Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works (Oxford, September 2012), 358, doi:10.1093/actrade/9780198185703.book.1). 'the playe of the Daye of Iudgment at lyens' is not in fact a play, but a tract about an elaborate morality play presented by Jesuits at Lyon in France on 7 and 8 August 1607 (Edward Arber (ed), A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London. 1554–1640 A.D. Volume III (London, 1876), 159). The end of the performance was disturbed by a powerful thunderstorm, which Protestants saw as a sign of God's wrath against the Jesuits (The Jesuites play at Lyons in France, as it was there presented. Both to the amazement of the Beholders, and the destruction of the Actors, in August last past. Credibly informed by a Factors Letter (who was an eye witnesse) to his right worshipful Maister in London (London, 1607; STC: 21514), D2–D2v).
Record title: Sir Richard Paulet's Household
Repository: Jervoise of Herriard Collection, HRO
Repository location: Winchester
Sir Richard Paulet (c 1558–1614) was the grandnephew of William Paulet (1474/5?–1572), first marquess of Winchester and longtime lord treasurer under three Tudor monarchs. Richard Paulet inherited estates at Herriard, south of Basingstoke, and Freefolk, near Whitchurch. He served multiple times as sheriff of Hampshire and in parliament for Whitchurch. For further details see the section on Hampshire families in Historical Background.
The contents of these accounts are similar to others in
this series of accounts, except that these are all personal, dealing
mainly with clothes and gifts, rather than with the whole
1607–10; English; paper; 31 leaves; 103mm x
155mm; unnumbered; parchment cover made from a musical score (much
faded), with cloth tie, no title, last 7 folios are receipts, written
reversed from the opposite end.