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Richard Tarlton (d. 1588) by John Scottowe The British Library

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Tarlton, Richard (d. 1588), actor and clown, became a legend in his own lifetime and was constantly reinvented for two decades after his death. As a result, fictions about his life have become inextricably tangled with its facts. Thomas Fuller, who was at some pains to verify the facts that informed his ...