William Rowley: The Travels of the Three English Brothers

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  • Brinda Charry

The play The Travels of the Three English Brothers was written and first performed in 1607 by three English dramatists, John Day, William Rowley, and George Wilkins. Closely based on a pamphlet titled The Three English Brothers (also entered in the Stationers’ Register in 1607), it describes the Persian voyages of Thomas, Anthony and Robert Sherley. Both the pamphlet and play were commissioned, or at the least supported, by Thomas Sherley, one of the three brothers of the title.

The play is divided into thirteen scenes and begins with a depiction of Anthony and Robert Sherley being received by the “Sophy” or emperor of Persia (Abbas I). The European travelers pay obeisance to the mighty Muslim r…

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Charry, Brinda. "The Travels of the Three English Brothers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 February 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11976, accessed 10 October 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Jacobean