Katritzky, M. A.
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Zan Bragetta and Jean Potage: performing traders touring early modern Europe. Many early modern professional performers toured Europe in troupes that combined performing with non-performative trading. This article overviews how and where travelling troupes performed and traded: their licences and their venues, and what they traded: their products and services, and examines two Italian charlatan or quack troupes, of the type who integrated their performances with medical trading. The troupe of Zan Bragetta was seen in Avignon in 1598 by the Swiss physician Thomas Platter the Younger; that of Jean Potae was seen at an Antwerp carnival fair by the English royalist exile Lady Margaret Cavendish in the 1650s. Reasons for their theatre-historical importance are considered; Zan Bragetta is identified as the Italian actor Giovanni Paolo Alfieri, and factors surrounding the possible identity of Jean Potage are discussed.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2010 Institut umeni - Divadelni ustav|
|Funders:||British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > English|
|Depositing User:||M.A. Katritzky|
|Date Deposited:||22 Sep 2010 15:27|
|Last Modified:||24 Oct 2012 08:41|
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