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date: 19 January 2021

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The first section of this article discusses the official regulation of playing companies. The first Master of the Revels to be given the right to control all playing, Sir Edmund Tilney, held his post from 1578 until his death in 1610. Tilney established a single dominant group of the best players from each of the pre-eminent companies, the Queen's Men. The second section looks at patrons form the nobility and the Queen's intervention. The third section examines travelling country groups and musicians. The fourth section describes the role of the Master of the Revels as controller and censor. The fifth section discusses London and the development of professional playing companies. The sixth section looks at boy companies under King James. The last section discusses royal patronage under the early Stuarts.

Keywords: Queen's Men, Revels Office, Sir Edmund Tilney, King James, boy companies

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