The First Part of the True and Honorable Historie of the Life of Sir John Oldcastle

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The First Part of the True and Honorable Historie of the Life of Sir John Old-castle  (1600) 
Michael Drayton, Richard Hathwaye, Anthony Munday and Robert Wilson
The play was originally published anonymously in 1600 (Q1), printed by Valentine Simmes for the bookseller Thomas Pavier. In 1619, a new edition (Q2) carried an attribution to William Shakespeare. The diary of Philip Henslowe records that the play was written by Anthony Munday, Michael Drayton, Richard Hathwaye and Robert Wilson. An entry in Henslowe's Diary records a later payment to Drayton for a second part to the play, which has not survived.
— Excerpted from Sir John Oldcastle on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This transcription is of the first edition. There are no demarcations in the text between the various acts and scenes beyond the entrances and exits of the characters. For convenience, the work has been divided up into its respective acts, the determination of which follows later editions of the work.

The first part
Of the true and honorable
historie, of the life of Sir
John Old-castle, the good

Lord Cobham.

As it hath been lately acted by the right honorable the Earle of Notingham Lord highe Admirall of England his servants.

Life of Sir John Oldcastle Pt 1 (1600) - title page block.jpg


Printed by V.S. for Thomas Pauier, and are to be solde at
his shop at the signe of the Catte and Parrots
neere the Exchange.


Acts (not listed in original)

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.