The King's Entertainment at Welbeck in Nottinghamshire,
alternatively titled Love's Welcome at Welbeck,
was a masque
or entertainment written by Ben Jonson
, and performed on May 21, 1633
at the Welbeck
estate of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle
. It has been argued that the philosopher Thomas Hobbes
may have participated in the entertainment as a performer.
When King Charles I
conducted a royal progress through northern England to Scotland in the spring and summer of 1633, he stayed and was entertained at the country houses of important aristocrats. The most lavish, and in retrospect the most famous of those 1633 shows, was Jonson's at Welbeck. Charles was so pleased with it that he requested another from the same source on his 1634 progress, which resulted in the "more spectacular" show, Love's Welcome at Bolsover.
Henry Ten Eyck Perry, The First Duchess of Newcastle and her Husband as Figures in Literary History,
Boston, Ginn and Co., 1918; pp. 92-3.Julie Sanders, "Jonson's Caroline Coteries," In: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson: New Directions in Biography,
Takashi Kozuka and J. R. Mulryne, eds., London, Ashgate, 2006; p. 285.
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