Viewing Event Record: John Lyly and Thomas Nashe reputedly write libellous plays


According to an attack by Gabriel Harvey, John Lyly and Thomas Nashe have a public reputation for writing plays intended to damage the reputation of those that displease them. Harvey refers to Lyly as 'a professed jester, a hickscorner, a scoff-master, a playmonger, an interluder, once the foil of Oxford, now the stale of London' and Nash as an '[ape] hired, to make a play of you.'

Date Event Recorded

From: 5 November 1589 (Source of claim: original)



Name Role
Lyly, John playwright
Nashe, Thomas playwright

Event Type

  • playwright context