STUKE­LEY ON STAGE

History of War - - THOMAS STUKELEY -

Thomas stuke­ley was The sub­ject of bal­lads, po­ems, art and plays long after his death One sur­pris­ing source of in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the ca­reer of Sir Thomas Stuke­ley is the works of art and lit­er­a­ture that por­trayed him. That he was the sub­ject of such works, in some cases long after his death, sug­gests that he held some im­por­tance and no­to­ri­ety in Eliz­a­bethan Eng­land. Bal­lads were com­posed about his ex­pe­di­tion to Florida, and (prob­a­bly) in 1588 Ge­orge Peele wrote The Bat­tle Of al­cazar con­tain­ing sev­eral scenes fea­tur­ing Stuke­ley, in­clud­ing his death. There are as­pects of the play that re­veal it was tied up in anti-span­ish pro­pa­ganda in 1588, such as blam­ing Philip II ex­plic­itly for Stuke­ley’s death, but there are also touches of ac­cu­racy, such as the names of the Ital­ian sol­diers who be­tray Stuke­ley. Peele’s play was re­vived and pub­lished in the 1590s.

an­other play was the anony­mous The Fa­mous

His­tory Of The life and death Of Cap­tain Thomas Stuke­ley,

which may have com­bined more than one work.

Philip Henslowe’s di­ary also records a ‘Stewt­ley’ per­formed in 1597.

We also have po­ems record­ing him as “lusty Tom”. There were also paint­ings, such as Sir Thomas Stuke­ley Slain With The three Chris­tian Kings in the col­lec­tion of lord lum­ley, in 1590, although they have been lost.

King Philip II of Spain circa 1573. Philip took Stuke­ley in and gave him ac­com­mo­da­tion and ti­tles. He also used him for his own pur­poses

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