Trumpeters from China in Bristol in 1577?

Matteo Pangallo


This note corrects the impression given in the Bristol Records of Early English Drama (REED) that five trumpeters from China performed for the mayor, aldermen, and common council of Bristol in November 1577. Rather, the note points out that the trumpeters were likely English and were associated with the return of Martin Frobisher’s second Northwest Passage expedition that fall.

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