Literary Personography

This page lists literary figures including allegorical, mythological, Biblical, and dramatic characters. Click on a name to see where they are mentioned. Click on a link for more information.
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Abner
Cousin of Saul in the Bible. Commander of Saul’s army.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Abraham
Prototype of all believers in the Bible. Husband of Sarah. Father of Isaac. Grandfather of Jacob.
Wikipedia
 
Absalom
Son of David in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Accord
Personification of accord. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Achilles
Hero of the Trojan War in Greek and Roman mythology. Son of Peleus and Thetis. Appears in Homer’s the Iliad.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Adam
First man created by God in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Adam Overdo
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Admetus
King of Pherae in Thessaly in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Adrian Martin
Appears in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Adventure
Personification of adventure. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Aeneas
Hero of the Trojan War in Greek and Roman mythology. Son of Anchises and Venus. Early modern Londoners believed him to be the father of Brutus of Troy.
EB
EM (Greek)
EM (Roman)
 
Æolus
King of the island of Aeolia in Greek mythology.
EB
EM
 
Aer
Personification of the element of air. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
OR
 
Aeson
Father of Jason in Greek mythology. Kept from his rightful share in the kingdom of Iolchus by his step-brother Pelias.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Æstas
Personification of the season of summer. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Aeëtes
King of Colchis in Greek mythology. Father of Medea.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Affection
Personification of affection. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Africa
Personification of the continent of Africa. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Agag
King of Amalek in the Bible. Defeated by Saul, but executed by Samuel.
Wikipedia
 
Aglaia
One of the three Graces in Greek mythology. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
Wikipedia
 
Agnites
Personification of purity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Ahab (fl. 871 BCE-852 BCE)
King of Israel in the Bible. Husband of Jezebel.
Wikipedia
 
Albanact
Son of Brutus of Troy. Brother of Camber and Locrine. Given dominion over a section of Britain which was named Albania after him and later became Scotland. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Wikipedia
 
Albania
Personification of the geographic area of Albania, later known as Scotland. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Albion
Son of Neptune in Roman mythology. Conquered Samothes’ Celtica before changing the country’s name to Albion.
Perseus
 
Almanach
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Amalthea
Foster-mother of Zeus in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Amasa
Nephew of David in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Ambition
Personification of ambition. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
 
Amble
Dramatic character in Philip Massinger’s A New Way to Pay Old Debts.
 
Ambler
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
America
Personification of the continents of America. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Amphion
Musician in Greek mythology. Helped build the wall of Thebes.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Amphitrita
Goddess of the sea in Roman mythology. Wife of Neptune.
EB
Perseus
 
Ananias of Damascus
Disciple of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Anchises
Member of the Trojan royal family in Greek and Roman mythology. Father of Aeneas.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Andromache
Wife of Hector in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Andromeda
Daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia in Greek mythology. Saved from a sea monster by Perseus.
Wikipedia
 
Anna Perenna
Deity of the ring of the year in Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Anne Frugal
Dramatic character in Philip Massinger’s The City Madam.
 
Anthony Dull
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.
ISE
 
Antiope
Amazon in Greek mythology.
EB
EM
 
Antiquity
Personification of antiquity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows. See also Philoponia.
 
Antonio
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
 
Antonius Verdierus
Appears in Anthony Munday’s Chrysanaleia. Possible Roman writer.
 
Antwerp
Personification of the city of Antwerp. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Apollo
God of healing, medicine, archery, music, poetry, and the sun in Greek and Roman mythology. Defined as the god of divine distance since the time of Homer.
EB
EM (Greek)
EM (Roman)
 
Aqua
Personification of the element of water. Allegorical character in mayoral shows.
OR
 
Arabia Britannica
Personification of Arabian Britain. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Arcas
King of Arcadia in Greek mythology. Son of Callisto.
Wikipedia
 
Arete
Greek personification of goodness and virtue. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows. Also referred to as Vertue.
OR
 
Argonauts
Heroes who accompanied Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology.
Perseus
Wikipedia
 
Argurion
Personification of silver. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Argus Panoptes
Many-eyed giant in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Ariadne
Cretan princess in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Arion
Poet and musician in Greek mythology.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Arithmetic
Personification of arithmetic, one of the liberal sciences. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Art
Personification of art. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Arthur
British leader. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Wikipedia
 
Arvirargus
King of Britain. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Wikipedia
 
Asia
Personification of the continent of Asia. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Aspice
Personification of an aspect of sight derived from the Latin aspicio, meaning to look at or towards, to behold. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Astraea
Goddess of justice in Greek mythology.
EM
 
Astronomy
Personification of astronomy, one of the liberal sciences. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Athena
Goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare in Greek mythology. Equated with Minerva in Roman mythology.
BAE
Wikipedia
 
Atlas
Titan condemned to hold up the heavens or sky for eternity in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Auditus
Personification of hearing. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Authority
Personification of authority. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Autumne
Personification of the season of autumn. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Baal
God of storms and fertility in many ancient Middle Eastern communities.
OR
EB
Wikipedia
 
Bacchus
God of wine and ecstasy in Roman mythology. Equated with Dionysus in Greek mythology.
EB
EM
 
Balaam
Prophet in the Bible.
OR
EB
Wikipedia
 
Barbarian
Character representing the barbarians. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Barbarism
Personification of barbarism. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Bard
Character representing the bards of Britain. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Bardus
Inventor of music and ditties. Spawned a line of poets who came to be known as the Bards. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
 
Bartholomew Cokes
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Bartholomew the Apostle
Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Belinus
King of the Britons. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Wikipedia
 
Bellona
Goddess of war in Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Black Will
Dramatic character in Samuel Rowley’s When You See Me, You Know Me.
 
Boreas
God of the north wind in Greek mythology. Father of Calaïs and Zetes.
Wikipedia
 
Bounty
Personification of goodness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Boy of the Royal Exchange
Character representing a boy on the ship called the Royal Exchange. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Bragardo
Dramatic character in Thomas Middletonʼs The Wit of a Woman.
 
Brainworm
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humour.
 
Bramble
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Britannia
Personification of Britain. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
British Monarchy
Personification of the British monarchy. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Broker
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Brontes
Cyclops servant of Vulcan in Roman mythology.
EM
 
Brotherhood
Personification of brotherhood. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Brutus of Troy
King of Britain and founder of London. Husband of Innogen. Father of Albanact, Camber, and Locrine. Son of Aeneas. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
OR
Wikipedia
 
Bumpsey
Dramatic caracter in Richard Brome’s The Damoiselle.
 
Burst
Appears in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Busiris
King of Egypt in Greek mythology. Killed by Hercules.
Wikipedia
 
Cadmus
King of Thebes in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Cain
Son of Adam and Eve in the Bible. Known for murdering his brother Abel.
EB
 
Calaïs
One of Jason’s Argonauts in Greek mythology. Son of Boreas. Brother of Zetes.
Wikipedia
 
Calcos
Personification of bronze. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Caliban
Dramatic character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
 
Calliope
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of epic poetry. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
EM
 
Callisto
Nymph in Greek mythology. Mother of Arcas.
Wikipedia
 
Calumny
Personification of slander and defamation. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Camber
Son of Brutus of Troy. Brother of Albanact and Locrine. Given dominion over a section of Britain which was named Cambria after him and later became Wales. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
OR
Wikipedia
 
Cambria
Personification of the geographic area of Cambria, later known as Wales. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Canby
Dramatic character in John Day and Henry Chettle’s The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green.
 
Captain Guilthead
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Captain Powts
Dramatic character in Nathan Field’s A Woman Is a Weathercock.
 
Captain Seagull
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Captain Shunfield
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Captain Whirlpool
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Captain Whit
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Care
Personification of care. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Careless
Dramatic character in Richard Brome’s A Mad Couple Well-Match’d.
 
Cash
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Every Man in his Humour.
 
Cassiopeia
Queen of Aethiopia in Greek mythology. Wife of Cepheus. Mother of Andromeda.
Wikipedia
 
Castigation
Personification of castigation. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Castor
Twin half-brother of Pollux in Greek and Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Cavaler
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Censure
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Cepheus
King of Aethiopia in Greek mythology. Husband of Cassiopeia. Father of Andromeda.
Wikipedia
 
Ceres
Goddess of agriculture in Roman mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Champion
Character representing the Queen’s Champion. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Charites Horae
Goddesses of the seasons in Greek mythology. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Charity
Personification of charity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Charybdis
Sea monster in Greek mythology. Resided on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite her counterpart Scylla. Appears in Homer’s the Odyssey.
Wikipedia
 
Chastity
Personification of chastity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Chiron
Centaur in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Chrusos
Personification of gold. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Chthoon
Personification of the earth. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Circumspection
Personification of circumspection. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Circumspice
Personification of an aspect of sight derived from the Latin circumspicio, meaning to look around, over or for. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Citizen
Dramatic character in Richard Johnson’s The Pleasant Walkes of Moore-Fields.
 
Citizen
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Great Snow.
 
City
Personification of civic institution of the city. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Civic Governance
Personification of civic governance. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Clare Tenterhook
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Clear Conscience
Personification of clear conscience. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Clio
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of history. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
EB
EM
 
Clown
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Commerce
Personification of commerce. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Commiseration
Personification of commiseration. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Commonwealth
Personification of commonwealth. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Concord
Personification of concord. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Conspice
Personification of an aspect of sight derived from the Latin conspicio, meaning to watch, gaze, or stare. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Constancy
Personification of constancy. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Constantinople
Personification of the city of Constantinople. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Corineus the Briton
One of the Guildhall Giants. Companion of Brutus of Troy. Slayed the native giant Gogmagog. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
OR
Wikipedia
 
Counsel
Personification of counsel. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Country
Personification of the nation and land. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Courage
Personification of courage. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Crofts
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Cunning
Personification of cunning. Appears as an allegorical character in John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Cupid
God of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection in Roman mythology. Often depicted as the son of Mars and Venus. Equated with Eros in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Cymbal
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Dame Overdo
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Damon
Central figure of the Damon and Pythias legend in Greek mythology.
 
Danaus
Father of fifty daughters called the Danaides in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Danaë
Mother of Perseus in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Dane
Character representing the Danish. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Danger
Personification of danger. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Daniel
Central figure of the Book of Daniel in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
David (b. 1040 BCE, d. 970 BCE)
King of the United Monarchy of Israel and Judah in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
De Bard
Appears in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Death
Personification of death. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Deborah
Prophet of the God of the Israelites in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Desert
Personification of worthiness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Desire
Personification of desire. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Despice
Personification of an aspect of sight derived from the Latin despicio, meaning to look down upon. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Destiny
Personification of destiny. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Detraction
Personification of detraction. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Deucalion
King of Phthia in Greek mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Diana
Goddess of the hunt, nature, and the moon in Roman mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Diligence
Personification of diligence. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Dionysus
God of the grape harvest, winemaking, wine, ritual of madness, fertility, theatre, and religious ecstasy in Greek mythology. Equated with Bacchus in Roman mythology.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Disdain
Personification of disdain. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Dissention
Personification of disagreement and discord. Appears as an allegorical character in Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
 
Divine Speculation
Personification of divine speculation. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Doctor Lamb
Appears in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Doctor Nowell
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Dodger
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Dogberry
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
ISE
Wikipedia
 
Dogbolts
Appears in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Doll
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Drawer
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Druis
King of Britain. Founder of the Druids.
 
Duke Vincentio
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
 
Duke Wadloo
Appears in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Edifice
Personification of an edifice. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Eirene
Goddess of peace in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Elaskirion
Bard.
 
Elbow
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
ISE
 
Electra
Figure in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Eleutherios
Personification of liberty. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
OR
 
Elijah
Prophet and miracle worker in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Endymion
Handsome Aeolian shepherd, hunter, or king in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
England
Personification of England. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Englishman
Character representing the English. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Envy
Personification of envy. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
 
Epicœne
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Epimeleia
Personification of trust. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Equality
Personification of equality. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Equity
Personification of equity or fairness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Erato
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of lyric and erotic poetry or hymns. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
EM
 
Eros
God of love in Greek mythology. Equated with Cupid in Roman mythology.
OR
EB
 
Error
Personification of error. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Escalus
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
ISE
 
Estrildis
Mistress of Locrine. Mother of Sabrina. Drowned in the river Severn by Locrine’s vengeful wife, Gwendoline. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Wikipedia
 
Eternity
Personification of eternity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Eupheme
Female spirit of words of good omen, praise, acclaims, shouts of triumph, and applause in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Euphrates
River-god of Assyria in Greek mythology.
THEOI
 
Euphrosyne
One of the three Graces and goddess of joy, mirth, and happiness in Greek mythology. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
Wikipedia
 
Europa
Personification of the continent of Europe. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Euterpe
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of music or flute playing. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Everill
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Example
Personification of example. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Expectation
Personification of expectation. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Fabian Fitzdottrel
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Faith
Personification of faith. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Falsehood
Personification of falsehood. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Falstaff
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Mentioned in Henry V.
ISE
EB
 
Fame
Personification of fame. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows, Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Fangs
Appears in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Fashioner
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Favonius
Personification of a gentle breeze in Roman mythology. Equated with Zephyr in Greek mythology. Appears as an allegorical character in Michael Drayton’s A Pæan Triumphal.
 
Fear
Personification of fear. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Felicity
Personification of felicity. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Fidelity
Personification of fidelity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Filcher
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Firk
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
First Malcontent
First personification of malcontent. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
First Nymph
Minor female nature deity drawn from Greek and Roman mythology. Appears as a character in mayoral shows.
 
Fitton
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Flora
Goddess of flowers in Roman mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Flourishing
Personification of flourishing. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Foible
Dramatic character in William Congreve’s The Way of the World.
 
Fortitude
Personification of fortitude. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Fortune
Personification of fortune. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows, Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Fortune
Dramatic character in Philip Massinger’s The City Madam.
 
Four Winds
Wind gods in Greek mythology. Appear as a set of four allegorical characters in mayoral shows.
 
Fourth Nymph
Minor female nature deity drawn from Greek and Roman mythology. Appears as a character in mayoral shows.
 
Francis de Barde
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Francis Flute
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
Francis Quicksilver
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Frenchman
Character representing the French. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Friar Tuck
Companion of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
Wikipedia
 
Ganges
River-god of India in Greek mythology.
THEOI
 
Gaspero Trebazzi
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton’s The Honest Whore.
 
Gehazi
Servant of the prophet Elisha in the Bible.
OR
Wikipedia
 
Gentleman
Dramatic character in Richard Johnson’s The Pleasant Walkes of Moore-Fields.
 
Gentleness
Personification of gentleness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Geometry
Personification of geometry, one of the liberal sciences. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
George
Appears in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Gerrard the Giant
Giant. Supposedly dwelled at the site of Gerrard’s Hall.
 
Gertrude
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Giant
Personification of the Iron Age of human history. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Gideon
Military leader, judge and prophet in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Gilbert Hood
Relative of Robin Hood.
 
Gloucester
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s King Lear.
 
Gluttony
Personification of gluttony. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
God’s Truth
Personification of God’s truth. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Gogmagog
One of the Guildhall Giants. Killed by Corineus the Briton.
BHO
BHO
 
Golding
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Goodworks
Personification of Christian actions and deeds. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Government
Personification of government. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Grace
Personification of grace. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Grace Wellborn
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Grammar
Personification of grammar, one of the liberal sciences. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Gravity
Personification of graveness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Grim Reaper
Personification of death. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Great Snow.
 
Gunner
Character representing an early modern military figure on the ship called the Royal Exchange. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Gunter
Appears in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Gustus
Personification of tasting. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Gwendoline
Wife of Locrine. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
OR
 
Hagar
Handmaiden of Sarah in the Bible. Mother of Ishmael.
Wikipedia
 
Haman
Antagonist of the Book of Esther in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Hammon
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Hans
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Hans Buz
Appears in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Happiness
Personification of happiness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Harmony
Personification of harmony. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Health
Personification of health. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Hector
Hero of the Trojan War in Greek and Roman mythology. Killed by Achilles. Appears in Homer’s the Iliad.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Helen of Troy
Most beautiful woman of the world in Greek and Roman mythology. Appears in Homer’s the Iliad.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Helios
God of the sun in Greek mythology. Conflated with Hyperion in early myth.
Wikipedia
 
Helle
Twin sister of Phrixus in Greek mythology. Fled the threat of sacrifice on the back of a ram with the Golden Fleece but fell into the ocean and drowned.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Hercules
Hero and god in Roman mythology. Famous for his strength.
Wikipedia
 
Hermes
God of trade, heraldry, merchants, commerce, roads, thieves, trickery, sports, travelers, and athletes in Greek mythology. Son of Maia. Equated with Mercury in Roman mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Hero
Lover of Leander in Greek mythology.
 
Hesperus
Deified evening star in Greek mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Him that Rid on a Luzarne
Unnamed character who appears in mayoral shows.
 
Him that Rideth on the Merman
Unnamed character who appears in mayoral shows.
 
Him that Rideth on the Unicorn
Unnamed character who appears in mayoral shows.
 
Himatia
Personification of clothing and drapery. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
History
Personification of history. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Honesty
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Honeysuckle
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Honour
Personification of honour. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
 
Hope
Personification of hope. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Hostility
Personification of hostility. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Humber
King of the Huns. Killed by Locrine and Camber in retaliation for killing Albanact. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
OR
Wikipedia
 
Humber
Personification of the Humber. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Humility
Personification of humility. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Humphrey Waspe
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Hyems
Personification of the season of winter. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Hylas
Servant and companion of Hercules in Greek and Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Hypomone
Personification of steadfastness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Ignis
Personification of the element of fire. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
OR
 
Ignorance
Personification of ignorance. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Impartiality
Personification of impartiality. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Impudence
Personification of impudence. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Inclination
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
India
Personification of the geographic area and culture of India. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Indian
Stock Indian character. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Industry
Personification of industry. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Ingine
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Iniquity
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Innocence
Personification of innocence. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Innogen
Wife of Brutus of Troy. Daughter of Pandrasus. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Wikipedia
 
Inspice
Personification of an aspect of sight derived from the Latin inspicio, meaning to examine or inspect. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Integrity
Personification of integrity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Irene
Daughter of Medea in Greek mythology.
 
Iris
Goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Irishman
Character representing the Irish. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Isaac
Patriarch of the people of Israel in the Bible. Husband of Rebecca. Son of Abraham and Sarah. Father of Jacob.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Isabel
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Richard II.
 
Ishmael
Son of Hagar and Abraham in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Isis
Goddess in Egyptian mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Ixion
King of the Lapiths in Greek mythology.
EB
 
Jabin
King of Canaan in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Jack Falkner
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Jacob
Patriarch of the people of Israel in the Bible. Son of Isaac and Rebecca. Grandson of Abraham and Sarah.
EB
Wikipedia
 
James the Great (d. 44)
Apostle of Jesus Christ of the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Janus
Twin-faced god of time, transitions, gates, doorways, and passages in Roman mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Japheth
Son of Noah in the Bible. Father of Samothes.
Wikipedia
 
Jason
Leader of the Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece in Greek and Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Jesus Christ
Central figure of the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Jew
Character representing the Jewish. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Jezebel
Queen of Israel in the Bible. Worshiper of Baal. Wife of Ahab.
OR
EB
Wikipedia
 
Joab
Nephew of David in the Bible. Commander of David’s army.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Joan Trash
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Joash (fl. 836 BCE-796 BCE)
King of Judah in the Bible.
OR
Wikipedia
 
Job
Central figure of the Book of Job in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Jocasta
Queen consort of Thebes in Greek mythology. Mother and wife of Oedipus.
Wikipedia
 
John
Dramatic character in Robert Armin’s The History of the Two Maids of More-clacke.
 
John Crosbie
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry VI.
 
John Lincoln
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
John Little-Wit
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
John Overs
Dramatic character in The true history of the life and sudden death of old Iohn Overs, the rich ferry-man of London And how he lost his life by his owne covetousnesse. And of his daughter Mary, who caused the Church of Saint Mary Overs in Southwark to be built, and of the building of London-Bridge.
 
John Rowland
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Jonah
Central figure of the Book of Jonah in the Bible.
 
Jordan Knockem
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Joseph
Son of Rachel in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Joseph of Arimathea
Assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus Christ in the Bible. Possible founder of the earliest Christian oratory in Glastonbury.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Josiah (b. 648 BCE, d. 609 BCE)
King of Judah in the Bible.
OR
EB
Wikipedia
 
Joy
Personification of joy. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Jude the Apostle
Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Judith Honeysuckle
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Juno
Goddess of marriage and childbirth in Roman mythology. Wife of Juptier. Daughter of Saturn.
 
Jupiter
God of the sky in Roman mythology. Father of Venus.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Justice
Personification of lawfulness and fairness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
 
Justiniano
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Kind
Personification of kindness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
King Chiorison
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday’s Chrusothriambos.
 
King of the Moors
Character representing the king of the Moors. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Kit
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Kitely
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Every Man in his Humour.
 
Knowell
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humour.
 
Knowledge
Personification of knowledge. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Krotos
Hunter in Greek mythology. Became the constellation Sagittarius.
Wikipedia
 
Labour
Personification of labour. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Lady Aurelia Clara Pecunia
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Lady Kate Percy
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I.
 
Lady Mary Ramsey
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Lantern Leatherhead
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Latona
Goddess of motherhood in Roman mythology. Mother of Apollo and Diana. Equated with Leto in Greek Myhtology.
EM (Roman)
EM (Greek)
Wikipedia
 
Law
Personification of the institution of law. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Lazarus of Bethany
Venerated saint in the Bible. Raised from the dead by Jesus Christ.
Wikipedia
 
Leander
Lover of Hero in Greek mythology.
 
Learning
Personfication of learning. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Leucosia
Siren in Greek mythology.
 
Levi
Founder of the Israelite Tribe of Levi in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Liberality
Personification of liberality. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Liberty
Personification of liberty. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Lickfinger
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Lies
Personification of lies. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Ligeia
Siren in Greek mythology.
 
Little John
Chief lieutenant of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
Wikipedia
 
Locrine
Son of Brutus of Troy. Brother of Albanact and Camber. Given dominion over a section of Britain which was named Loegres or Loegria after him and later became England. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
OR
 
Loegria
Personification of the geographic area of Logres, later known as England. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Logic
Personification of logic, one of the liberal sciences. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
London
Personification the city of London. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
London’s Genius
Personification of London’s genius. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Lord Chamberlain
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.
 
Lot
Patriarch in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Love
Personification of love. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Loyalty
Personification of loyalty. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral pageants.
 
Luce
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Lucio
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
 
Lud
King of Britain. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain. Early modern Londoners believed him to be a historical figure.
EM
OR
Wikipedia
 
Luke the Evangelist
One of the ascribed authors of the canonical gospels in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Luna
Goddess of the moon in Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Lynceus of Argos
King of Argos in Greek mythology. Succeeded his uncle Danaus.
Wikipedia
 
Mabel Wafer
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Macbeth
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
 
Madame Centaure
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Madame Haughty
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Madrigal
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Magistracy
Personification of magistracy. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Magnanimity
Personification of magnanimity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Magus
King of Britain.
 
Maia
Mother of Hermes in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Maid Marian
Companion of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
Wikipedia
 
Majesty
Personification of majesty. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Malchus
Participated in the arrest of Jesus Christ in the Bible. Had his ear cut off by St. Peter the Apostle.
Wikipedia
 
Mallice
Personification of malice. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Mammon
Personification of wealth and greed in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Mandubracius
King of the Trinovantes. Son of Lud, brother of Tasciovanus (Themantius), and nephew of Cassivellaunus. Sought Julius Caesar’s protection from Cassivellaunus. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain as Androgeus.
EB
OR
Wikipedia
 
Margery Eyre
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Marrall
Dramatic character in Philip Massinger’s A New Way to Pay Old Debts.
 
Mars
God of war in Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Marsyas
Satyr in Greek mythology. Challenged Apollo to a contest of music and lost his hide and life.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Mary of Clopas
Figure present at the crucifixion of Jesus in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Mary Overs
Dramatic haracter in The true history of the life and sudden death of old Iohn Overs, the rich ferry-man of London And how he lost his life by his owne covetousnesse. And of his daughter Mary, who caused the Church of Saint Mary Overs in Southwark to be built, and of the building of London-Bridge.
 
Master Ambler
Appears in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Master Bellymount
Appears in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Master Gunner
Character representing an early modern military figure on the ship called the Royal Exchange. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Master Gunner’s Mate
Character representing an early modern military figure on the ship called the Royal Exchange. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Master Hare
Appears in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Master Lynstock
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Master Monopoly
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Master of the Royal Exchange
Character representing an early modern military figure on the ship called the Royal Exchange. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Master Philpot
Appears in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Master Slender
Dramatic character in Wlliam Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.
 
Master Weatherwise
Dramatic character in Thomas Middletonʼs No Wit, No Help Like a Woman’s.
 
Mate of the Royal Exchange
Character representing an early modern military figure on the ship called the Royal Exchange. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Matthew
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humour.
 
Mayberry
Dramatic character in John Webster and Thomas Dekker’s Northward Ho.
 
Meautis
Appears in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Medea
Wife of Jason in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Medusa
Gorgon in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Medway
Personification of the Medway. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Meekness
Personification of meekness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Meercraft
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Melisseus
King of Crete in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Melkin
Bard.
EB
 
Melpomene
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of tragedy or lyre playing. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
EM
 
Memory
Personification of memory. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows. See also Mnamae.
 
Mephibosheth
Grandson of Saul in the Bible. Had his inheritance restored by David.
Wikipedia
 
Mercury
God of merchandise and merchants in Roman mythology. Equated with Hermes in Greek mythology.
EB
EM
 
Mercy
Personification of mercy. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Merlin
Wizard and prophet. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
OR
Wikipedia
 
Merry Men
Companions of Robin Hood.
Wikipedia
 
Michael
Archangel in the Bible. Leader of God’s armies who defeated Satan’s forces.
Wikipedia
 
Mildred
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Minerva
Goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, and strategic warfare in Roman mythology. Equated with Athena in Greek mythology.
 
Minos
King of Crete in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Mirth
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Mistress Birdlime
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Mistress Fitzdottrel
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Mistress Frigbottom
Appears in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Mistress Mavis
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Mistress Otter
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Mistress Overdone
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
ISE
 
Mistress Quickly
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1.
ISE
 
Mnamae
Greek personification of memory. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows. See also Memory.
 
Moderation
Personification of moderation. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Modesty
Personification of modesty. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Moon-Calf
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Mordecai
Central figure of the Book of Esther in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Morose
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Morris
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Moses
Prophet in the Bible. Author of the Pentateuch.
EB
 
Mother Bunch
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Mr. Howard
Appears in John Webster’s Monuments of Honor.
 
Mr. Sheffield
Appears in John Webster’s Monuments of Honor.
 
Much the Miller’s Son
One of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
Wikipedia
 
Munificence
Personification of generosity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Music
Personification of music, one of the liberal sciences. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Naboth
Citizen of Jezreel in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Nature
Personification of nature. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
 
Ned Clerimont
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Nehemiah
Central figure of the Book of Nehemiah in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Neptune
God of the sea in Roman mythology.
EB
EM
 
Nereus
Father of the Nereids and Nerites in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Nick Bottom
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
Nightingale
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Nilus
God of the Nile in Greek mythology. Son of Oceanus and Tethys.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Noah
Hero of the great flood story in the Bible. Father of Japheth.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Nobility
Personification of nobility. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
North-Countryman
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Great Snow.
 
Obedience
Personification of obedience. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
 
Oblivion
Personification of oblivion. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Oceanus
Personification of the great river the Greeks believed encircled the world. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
EM
 
Odysseus
King of Ithaca in Greek mythology. Appears in Homer’s the Odyssey.
Wikipedia
 
Ogle
Appears in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Ogyges
Ruler in Greek mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Old Hobson
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Olfactus
Personification of smelling. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Oppression
Personification of oppression. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Order
Personification of order. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Orlando
Central figure of Orlando Furioso.
Wikipedia
 
Oronius
Bard.
 
Orpheus
Musician, poet, and prophet in Greek mythology. Companion and harpist of Jason and the Argonauts.
Wikipedia
 
Pallas
Daughter of Triton in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Pan
God of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, and rustic music in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Pandora
First human woman in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Pandrasus
King of Greece. Father of Innogen. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Mythology Dictionary
 
Paris
Personification of the city of Paris. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Parisian
Dramatic character in Sir William Davenant’s Entertainment at Rutland House.
 
Parthenope
Siren in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Pasiphaë
Queen of Crete in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Patience
Personification of patience. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Peace
Personification of peace. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Peace of Heart
Personification of peace of heart. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Pegasus
Winged horse in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Peleus
King of Phthia in Greek mythology. Husband of Thetis. Father of Achilles.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Pelias
King of Iolchus in Greek mythology. Tasked Jason with retrieving the Golden Fleece.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Pennyboy Cantor
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Pennyboy Junior
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Pennyboy Senior
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Perfect Love
Personification of perfect love. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Perfection
Personification of perfection. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Perseus
Founder of Mycenae and the Perseid dynasty in Greek mythology. Son of Danaë.
Wikipedia
 
Perspice
Personification of an aspect of sight derived from the Latin perspicio, meaning to see through something, to percieve clearly. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Peter van Hollock
Appears in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Petrus Mexius
Appears in Anthony Munday’s Chrysanaleia. Possible Roman writer.
 
Phaethon
Figure in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Pheme
Personification of popular rumour. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
 
Philomela
Figure in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Philoponia
Greek personification of antiquity. Appears as allegorical character in mayoral shows. See also Antiquity.
 
Phorcys
Primordial sea god in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Phrixus
Twin brother of Helle in Greek mythology. Fled the threat of sacrifice on the back of a ram with the Golden Fleece.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Picklock
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Piety
Personification of piety. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Pleasantness
Personification of pleasantness. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Plenidius
Bard.
 
Plenty
Personification of abundance. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Poins
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.
ISE
 
Polander
Character representing the Polish. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Policy
Personification of policy. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Pollux
Twin half-brother of Castor in Greek and Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Polymnia
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of dancing or geometry. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
EM
 
Pomona
Goddess of fruitful abundance in Roman mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Pompey
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
ISE
 
Pontius Pilate
Governor of Judaea in the Bible. Presided over the crucifixion of Jesus.
Wikipedia
 
Porter
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.
 
Power
Personification of power. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Presumption
Personification of presumption. Appears as an allegorical character in Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London.
 
Prince Hal
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.
 
Promptitude
Personification of promptitude. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Proserpina
Goddess of the underworld, springtime, flowers, and vegetation in Roman mythology. Equated with Persephone in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Prosperity
Personification of prosperity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Prospero
Dramatic character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
 
Prospice
Personification of an aspect of sight derived from the Latin prospicio, meaning to look far off, to see into the distance. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Proteus
God of rivers and oceanic bodies of water in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Proteus of Egypt
King of Egypt in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Providence
Personification of providence. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Prudence
Personification of prudence. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Pug
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Punk Alice
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Pyracmon
Cyclops servant of Vulcan in Roman mythology.
EM
 
Pyramus
Dramatic character in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Played by Nick Bottom in the play-within-the-play in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
Pythias
Central figure of the Damon and Pythias legend in Greek mythology.
 
Python
Monstrous serpent tasked with guarding the oracle at Delphi in Greek mythology. Killed by Apollo.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Přemysl the Ploughman
Founder of the Přemyslid dynasty.
Wikipedia
 
Quarlous
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Queen of the Moors
Character representing the queen of the Moors. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Queen Tumanama
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday’s Chrusothriambos.
 
Quick
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Quiet
Personification of quiet. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Rachel
Favourite of Jacob’s two wives in the Bible. Mother of Joseph.
Wikipedia
 
Rafe
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Ralph
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Ralph
Dramatic character in Francis Beaumont’s Knight of the Burning Pestle.
 
Rebecca
Wife of Isaac in the Bible. Mother of Jacob.
Wikipedia
 
Record
Personification of record. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Register
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Religion
Personification of religion. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Remus
Twin brother of Romulus in Roman mythology. Murdered prior to the founding of Rome.
 
Respect
Personification of respect. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Respice
Personification of an aspect of sight derived from the Latin respicio, meaning to look behind, look back at or upon. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Respublica Bene Instituta
Personification of a democratic republic. Appears as an allegorical character in The Queen’s Majesty’s Passage.
 
Reward
Personification of reward. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Rhetoric
Personification of rhetoric, one of the liberal sciences. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Rhodos
Goddess and personification of the island of Rhodes in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Right
Personification of moral guidance. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Right-Hitting Brand
One of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
 
Righteousness
Personification of moral righteousness. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Adams’s Eirenopolis.
 
Riot
Personification of uprising and disorder. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Robin Hood
Heroic outlaw.
ODNB
Wikipedia
 
Roger
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Rome
Personification of the city of Rome. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Romulus
Twin brother of Remus in Roman mythology. Founder of Rome.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Rosamund Clifford (b. in or after 1150b. 1176)
Mistress of Henry II.
ODNB
Wikipedia
 
Rose Oatley
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Rowland Lacy
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Ruinosa Respublica
Personification of a dilapidated republic. Appears as an allegorical character in The Queen’s Majesty’s Passage.
 
Rumour
Personification of hearsay and rumour. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Russian
Character representing the Russians and Moscowians. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Sabrina
Daughter of Locrine and Estrildis. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
OR
OR
 
Safety
Personification of safety. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Sailor
Stock sailor character. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Samothes
King of Celtica. Son of Japheth. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
 
Samuel
Prophet in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Sanballat the Horonite
Samaritan leader in the Book of Nehemiah in the Bible. Attempted to hinder Nehemiah’s efforts to rebuild Jerusalem.
Wikipedia
 
Sarah
Prophet in the Bible. Wife of Abraham. Mother of Isaac. Grandmother of Jacob.
Wikipedia
 
Saron
King of Britain.
 
Satan
Principal devil in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Saturn
God of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal, and liberation in Roman mythology. Father of Jupiter.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Satyr
Stock satyr character. Appears in mayoral shows.
Wikipedia
 
Saul
King of the Kingdom of Israel in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Saverne
Personification of the Severn. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Sceropes
Cyclops servant of Vulcan in Roman mythology.
EM
 
Science
Personification of science. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral pageants.
 
Scott
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Scylla
Sea monster in Greek mythology. Resided on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite her counterpart Charybdis. Appears in Homer’s the Odyssey.
Wikipedia
 
Sea Nymph
Minor female nature deity drawn from Greek and Roman mythology. Appears as a character in mayoral shows.
 
Sebastian
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
 
Second Malcontent
Second personification of malcontent. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Second Nymph
Minor female nature deity drawn from Greek and Roman mythology. Appears as a character in mayoral shows.
 
Security
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Sedulity
Personification of sedulity. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Semele
Daughter of Cadmus in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Sergeant Ambush
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Servitude
Personification of servitude. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Shackles
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Sharkwell
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Shepherd
Stock shepherd character. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Sherwin
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Short
Dramatic character in Thomas Middleton’s Michaelmas Terme.
 
Sideros
Personification of iron. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Silvanus
Deity of woods and uncultivated lands in Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Silvius
King of Alba Longa in Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Simon St. Mary-Overies
Dramatic character in Thomas Middleton’s The Puritan Widow.
 
Simon the Zealot
Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Simplicity
Personification of simplicity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Sincerity
Personification of sincerity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Sir Amorous La Foole
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Sir Dauphine Eugenie
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Sir Epicure Mammon
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.
 
Sir Gosling Glowworm
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Sir Harry Percy
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I.
 
Sir Hugh Lacy
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Sir John
Dramatic character in Philip Massinger’s The City Madam.
 
Sir John Daw
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Sir John Frugal
Dramatic character in Philip Massinger’s The City Madam.
 
Sir Petronel Flash
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Sir Roger Oatley
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Sir Thomas Ramsey
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Skipper
Stock skipper character. Appears in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Slitgut
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Sloth
Personification of laziness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Sol
Personification of the sun. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
Wikipedia
 
Soldier
Stock soldier character. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Solomon (fl. between 1000 BCE and 901 BCE)
King of Israel in the Bible. Son of David.
EB
 
Sophrosyne
Personification of self-control, temperance, and soundness of mind. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
OR
 
Spaniard
Character representing the Spanish. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
St. Andrew the Apostle
Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
St. Anne
Mother of Mary in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
St. Deruvian
Bishop and saint. Sent by the Pope to aid with Lucius of Britain’ conversion to Christianity. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Wikipedia
 
St. Fagan
Bishop and saint. Sent by the Pope to aid with Lucius of Britain’ conversion to Christianity. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain.
Wikipedia
 
St. Hugh of Lincoln
Venerated saint.
Wikipedia
 
St. John the Baptist
Preacher in the Bible. Baptized Jesus Christ.
Wikipedia
 
St. Mary Magdalene
Disciple of Jesus Christ in the Bible. First person to see Christ’s resurrection.
EB
Wikipedia
 
St. Matthew the Apostle
Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
 
St. Michael
Archangel in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
St. Michael
Archangel in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
St. Paul the Apostle (b. 5, d. 67)
Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
St. Peter the Apostle (d. 64)
Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
EB
Wikipedia
 
St. Simeon
Receiver of Jesus Christ when he entered the Temple to fulfill the requirements of the Law of Moses in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Steadfastness
Personification of steadfastness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Stephano
Dramatic character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
 
Subtle
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.
 
Success
Personification of success. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Superstition
Personification of superstition. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Swash
Dramatic character in John Day and Henry Chettle’s The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green.
 
Sybil
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
 
Tactus
Personification of touching. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Tagus
River-god of Tagus in Greek mythology.
THEOI
 
Tantalus
King of Sipylus in Greek mythology.
EB
 
Tapeinotes
Personification of humility and modesty. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
OR
 
Tasciovanus
Son of Lud. Brother of Mandubracius (Androgeus). Nephew of Cassivellaunus. Appears in Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain. King of the Catuvellauni tribe before the Roman conquest of Britain. Called Themantius in Stow.
Google Books
Wikipedia
 
Tattle
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Telamon
One of Jason’s Argonauts in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Temperance
Personification of temperance. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Tenterhook
Dramatic character in Thomas Dekker and John Webster’s Westward Ho!
 
Terpsichore
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of dancing, chorus, or lyric poetry. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
EM
 
Terra
Goddess of the earth in Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Tethys
Mother of the river gods and the Oceanids in Greek mythology. Sister and wife of Oceanus.
Wikipedia
 
Thalia
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of comedy. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
EM
Wikipedia
 
Thames
Personification of the Thames. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Themis
Titaness in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Theseus
Founder of Athens in Greek mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Thetis
Nymph or goddess of water in Greek mythology. One of the fifty Nereids. Wife of Peleus. Mother of Achilles. Daughter of Nereus.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Third Nymph
Minor female nature deity drawn from Greek and Roman mythology. Appears as a character in mayoral shows.
 
Thisbe
Dramatic character in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Played by Francis Flute in the play-within-the-play in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
Thomas Barber
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Thomas Otter
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Thomas the Apostle
Apostle of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
 
Throat
Dramatic character in Lording Barry’s Ram Alley.
 
Time
Personification of time. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Timothy Thinbeard
Dramatic character in Thomas Heywood’s If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody, Part 2.
 
Timothy Touchstone
Pseudonymous author of Timothy Touchtoneʼs Reply to Sir Anonymous.
 
Titan
Personification of the Greek Titans. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EM
 
Tobiah
Ammonite official in the Book of Nehemiah in the Bible. Attempted to hinder Nehemiah’s efforts to rebuild Jerusalem.
Wikipedia
 
Tom Snout
Dramatic character in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
Tom Strowd
Dramatic character in John Day and Henry Chettle’s The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green.
 
Touchstone
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Traffic
Personification of traffic and merchandise. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Tranquility
Personification of tranquility. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Treason
Personification of treason. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Trinculo
Dramatic character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
 
Triton
Messenger of the sea in Greek mythology. Father of Pallas.
Wikipedia
 
Trouble Truth
Appears in Ben Jonson’s The Staple of News.
 
Troya-Nova
Personification of the geographic area and settlement of Roman London. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Truewit
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Epicœne.
 
Truth
Personification of truth. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Truth’s Angel
Personification of Truthʼs angel. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Tubal-cain
First blacksmith in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Tumult
Personification of tumult. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Turk
Character representing the Turkish. Appears in mayoral shows.
 
Unanimity
Personification of consensus. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Unhappiness
Personification of unhappiness. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Unity
Personification of unity. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Urania
One of the nine muses in Greek mythology. Patron of astronomy. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
EB
EM
 
Ursula
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Veneration
Personification of veneration. Appears as an allegorical character in Thomas Dekker’s The Magnificent Entertainment.
 
Venice
Personification of the city of Venice. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Venus
Goddess of beauty in Roman mythology. Daughter of Jupiter. Mother of Aeneas.
EM
Wikipedia
 
Ver
Personification of the season of spring. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows and John Stow’s Survey of London.
 
Vertumnus
God of seasons, change, and plant growth in Roman mythology.
Wikipedia
 
Vesta
Goddess of hearth and home in Roman mythology.
EM
 
Victory
Personification of victory. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Vigilancy
Personification of vigilance. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
The Virgin Mary
Mother of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Virtue
Personification of virtue. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows, Richard Johnson’s Nine Worthies of London and John Stow’s Survey of London. See also Arete.
 
Visus
Personification of seeing. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Vortigern
King of Britian. Appears in GildasOn the Ruin and Conquest of Britain and Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People.
EB
Wikipedia
 
Vulcan
God of fire and smithery in Roman mythology.
EM
Wikipedia
 
War
Personification of war and violence. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Watchfulness
Personification of watchfulness. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Wealth
Personification of wealth. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Whetston
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Will Scarlet
One of Robin Hood’s Merry Men.
Wikipedia
 
Williamson
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Win Little-Wit
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Win-Wife
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Winifred
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Wisdom
Personification of wisdom. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Wit
Dramatic character in Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood’s Sir Thomas More.
 
Wittipol
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Wolf
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston’s Eastward Ho!
 
Woodcock
Appears in Ben Jonson’s The Devil is an Ass.
 
Worth
Personfication of worth. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Zacchaeus
Chief tax-collector at Jericho in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 
Zeale
Personification of zeal. Appears as an allegorical character in mayoral shows.
 
Zeale-Of-The-Land Busy
Dramatic character in Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.
 
Zephyr
Personification of a gentle breeze in Greek mythology. Equated with Favonius in Roman mythology. Appears as an allegorical character in Michael Drayton’s A Pæan Triumphal.
 
Zetes
One of Jason’s Argonauts in Greek mythology. Son of Boreas. Brother of Calaïs.
Wikipedia
 
Ziba
Servant of Saul and Mephibosheth in the Bible.
Wikipedia
 

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