The Winter's Tale: A Comedy with Deaths
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Munday, however,was successful the following year and was commissioned by the Merchant Taylor's Company to present The Triumphs of Reunited Britania. The Show cost the company a total of £710 2S. 5d. and the most singular feature about it is that it is designed as much as a welcome to the new sovereign as to the new Lord Mayor. 1
J ames, King of Scotland, Wales and England and the second Brutus of ancient prophecy are directly equated. The principal scenic device of the show was 'a Mount triangular, as the Island of Britayne it selfe is described to bee'. Seated on its summit was Britannia, Brutus' wife,2 'a fayre and beautifull Nymph' together with Brutus himself dressed 'in the habite of an adventuruous warlike Troyan'. 3 The three kingdoms into which Brutus had divided Britain were personified in his three sons, Camber, Albanact and Locrine, who sat below their mother and father in the Pageant: below them sat personifications of the rivers which served as boundaries to the kingdoms. Each in their speeches made their own part in the story explicit to the citizens, but the character with most to say was Brutus. First he reminds his hearers of his marriage and his conquest of the Western Isles.