The animal trajectory of Taylor's disgrace in his stead, of course, owes something to the venue--the Hope having also been a bearbaiting
arena--and both Taylor and Fennor appreciate the convergence.
Royal fascination with bearbaiting
did not end with Elizabeth.
He complains that at the time of the bearbaiting
there was disorder at the house of William Venables.
It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bearbaiting
going under the guise of entertainment.
intimations of tragic fury, the bearbaiting
ring, and bloodthirsty dogs,
Here Will probably witnessed elaborate entertainments of fireworks, pageants, bearbaiting
, acrobatics, and a water pageant, along with a "catalogue of theatrical catastrophe" that plagued a Coventry Hock Tuesday performance, mishaps the Queen graciously overlooked, commanding a second performance a week later.
Along with cock fighting, bearbaiting
and dwarf throwing, the people who participate in these disgusting events are a disgrace to humanity.
The existence of this ample art-sensitive aristocracy is surely a fiction; and the lower classes of golden olden days, one does well to remember, had such charming divertissements as bearbaiting
, dogfights, and gin drinking to keep their minds off the plow.
In the late 1500s, the chief amusement on the entertainment circuit was bearbaiting
Later that century they reopened along with several theaters, bearbaiting
pits, and pleasure gardens.
On how the game of bearbaiting
influenced early modern drama, see Andrew Gurr, "Bears and Players: Philip Henslowe's Double Acts," Shakespeare Bulletin 22, no.
Keith Barnsley (Your Views, September 30) denies this and then proves my point by comparing the future of hunting with the death penalty, bearbaiting