The Personation of John Suckling, 1635


  • James Doelman Brescia University College



The letters of Anthony Mingay indicate that in early 1635 Sir John Suckling was satirically personated in an unnamed play. This article considers Richard Brome’s The Sparagus Garden and James Shirley’s The Lady of Pleasure as possible candidates to be this play. It concludes, however, that the cowardly braggart soldier Sucket in Henry Glapthorne’s The Lady Mother is the most likely personation of Suckling, as the humiliating beating of that character most closely aligns with the attack on Suckling by Sir John Digby as described in Mingay’s letters.

Author Biography

James Doelman, Brescia University College

James Doelman ( is an associate professor of English at Brescia University College, University of Western Ontario. He is engaged in a study of epigrams in the period, out of which work recent articles have appeared in The Huntington Library Quarterly, Renaissance and Reformation, and Christianity and Literature.

James Doelman is the author of King James I and the Religious Culture of England (D.S. Brewer, 2000) and The Epigram in England, 1590-1640 (Manchester University Press, 2016). His recent research project on funeral elegies of the period has been published in a series of articles and the forthcoming monograph, Distraction and Detraction and the Early Stuart Funeral Elegy (Manchester University Press).