1638 - Taylor, John - Bull, Bear, and Horse, Cut, Curtail

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date c. 1638
Author Taylor, John
Title Bull, Beare, and Horse, Cut, Curtaile
Mentions Bear called Robin Hood

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.

The Bear-Garden or Paris Garden to the left, The Globe Theatre to the right (from Lee, Sidney, ed.; Onions, Charles Talbut, ed.; Raleigh, Walter, ed. Shakespeare's England: an Account of the Life and Manners of his Age (Oxford, 1932), vol. II, plate facing p. 166; click image to enlarge).


Heere follows the Names of the Bulls and Beares at the Beare-Garden now.

The Bulls are,

1 Goldilocks.
2 Emperour.
3 Dash.
4 Iugler.

The Beares are,
1 Ned of Canterbury.
2 George of Cambridge.
3 Don Iohn.
4 Ben Hunt.
5 Nan Stiles.
6 Beefe of Ipswich.
7 Robin Hood.
8 Blind Robin. [p. 62:]
9 Iudith of Cambridge.
10 Besse Hill.
11 Kate of Kent.
12 Rose of Bedlam.
13 Nan Talbot.
14 Mall Cut-Purse.
15 Nell of Holland.
16 Mad Besse
17 Will Tookey
18 Besse Runner.
19 Tom Dogged.
If any will one of these, or some,
Or all, let them to our Beare-Garden come:
These beasts are for their service bound & tide,
And there their pleasures may be satisfied.[1]

IRHB comments

After bears Nos. 16 and 17 is a left curly brace followed by the words "two white Beares." More often than not "Beare-Garden" was called "Paris Garden". This arena for the sickening "sport" of animal torture was in use until 1682.