Author:William Rankins

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William Rankins
(1565 – c. 1609)
English dramatist and pamphleteer.


  • Mirrour of Monsters, wherein is plainly described the manifold vices and spotted enormities that are caused by the infectious sight of Playes (1587)
  • The English Ape, the Italian imitation, the Foote-steppes of Fraunce. Wherein is explained the wilfull blindnesse of subtill mischiefe, the striuing for Starres, the catching of Mooneshine, and the Secrete Sounde of many hollowe heartes (1588)
  • Seaven Satyres applyed to the weeke, including the worlds ridiculous follyes. True felicity described in the Phœnix. Maulgre. Whereunto is annexed the wandring Satyre (1598)
  • A Sonnet to the Muse's Garden, prefixed to Belvedere (1600), compiled by John Bodenham

Lost works[edit]


  • Mulmutius Dunwallow (1598)
  • Hannibal and Scipio (1600), with Richard Hathwaye
  • The Conquest of Spain by John of Gaunt (1601), with Richard Hathwaye


  • My Roughcast Conceit of Hell

Works about Rankins[edit]

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