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1462, Sep 81501/02
the first known English vernacular dramatist. Fulgens and Lucrece (c.1497), whose heroine must choose between two suitors, is the earliest known secular English play. The other play of Medwall is titled Nature. He stayed at the court of Cardinal Morton, Chancellor in the time of Henry VII. The other work of Medwall's that is extant is Nature. It is without date, place, or printer's name, but was printed by William Rastell. Nature was produced before Morton in Henry VII's reign; John Bale states that it was translated into Latin.
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