1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Fletcher

William Winstanley, in Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 129.



It is reported of them, that meeting once in a Tavern, to contrive the rude Draught of a Tragedy, Fletcher undertook to "kill the King" therein, whose Words being over-heard by a Listner (though his Loyalty not to be blamed herein) he was accused of High Treason, till the Mistake soon appearing, that the Plot was only against a Dramatick and Scenical King, all wound off in Merriment.