Ubaldo, a courtier in Massinger's The Picture who, with Ricardo, is sent by the Queen to tempt Sophia.


Uberti, Prince of Parma, is a suitor for Matilda's hand in Massinger's The Bashful Lover. Famed for his honor and bravery, he is the early favorite to win her. After the defeat of his forces, he is ordered by Gonzaga to meet Manfroy at St. Leo. He is separated from Farneze, but he soon meets with him again. Farneze has taken the disguise of a Florentine soldier in order to look for Prince Uberti. When he again meets the prince, he gives up his disguise so that the prince may use it to escape. He returns in disguise to save Farneze who has been captured in his place. He tells the captors that Farneze killed his father and two brothers. He demands the right of torturing Farneze himself. Lorenzo grants the stranger's wish and leaves. Only then does Prince Uberti reveal himself and cut Farneze free. Together, they wound Martino and escape. Returning to court, Uberti still hopes to gain Matilda's hand, but gracefully relents when it becomes clear that she favors Hortensio.


Comrade to Ricardo, Pedro, and Silvio in Beaumont and Fletcher's The Coxcomb. Uberto knows that Ricardo has no intention of eloping with Viola.


A young gentleman in Whetstone's 2 Promos and Cassandra. He comes to Julio as part of the King's retinue.


Name adopted by Eldred when he first returns to England in Dekker, Ford and Rowley's The Welsh Embassador. As Uffa he poses as his own murderer, but the king dismisses "Uffa."


Don Ugo is Hernando's lieutenant in the anonymous Weakest Goeth to the Wall who accompanies Hernando, the Spanish general, in the invasion of France after the French king has left for his pilgrimage and Mercury has defeated Lodowick, his co-regent. He appears later being chased by Ferdinand. Ferdinand gains honor by wounding and then killing Don Ugo.


A "ghost character" in Dekker's The Whore of Babylon. According to Como, he leads the ninth squadron of the Babylonian Armada sent to attack Titania.


A disguise adopted by Face in Jonson's The Alchemist, also spelled Ulen Spiegel. Ulan Spiegel, or Lungs (because he blows the furnace), is Face's disguise as the alchemist's apprentice. When he wants to trick Mammon, Subtle as the Doctor calls his Ulan Spiegel to help him perform an alchemical experiment. Originally, Ulan Spiegel is the knave hero of a popular German jest book, a magician's apprentice. Since Mammon is eager to unveil the alchemical mystery and discover the elixir of eternal youth and maximum sexual capacity, Face as Ulan Spiegel assists Subtle in performing an alchemical experiment. Face shows exceptional knowledge of alchemy. Later, when Subtle surprises Mammon with the "mad" lady and pretends the work has been compromised because of Mammon's lechery, Face as Ulan Spiegel enters in a flurry announcing the Athanor and the entire laboratory have exploded.


An alternative spelling for Vlfkettle in the Anonymous Edmond Ironside.


An officer under Corvinus in Whetstone's 2 Promos and Cassandra. He investigates reports of corrupt officials from the citizens of Julio. At the public court, he voices the people's complaints against Phallax. Ulrico accuses Phallax of lending money to the poor under vague contracts, then taking precious objects as payment when they fail to produce money on demand. Phallax sees he is trapped and confesses. The King does not punish his person, but strips him of his post and orders Ulrico to seize all of his possessions and disperse them among those whom he wronged. The King also orders Ulrico to deliver Promos' death warrant to the executioners. After doing so, he tries to comfort the grieving Cassandra and stall her from further pleading for Promos' life.


A "ghost character" in Udall's? Thersites. Ulysses sends a letter with his young son, Telemachus, apologizing for his hostile treatment of Thersites, presumably during the war at Troy, and asking Thersites to persuade his mother (Mater), to cure Telemachus of worms.
Usually spelled Vlisses in Chettle and Dekker's Troilus and Cressida. His is the first full name identifiable in the damaged fragment, but it is impossible to say whom he meets or what he does in the opening moments of the play. He appears again about halfway into the play, when he and other Greeks (who are lost owing to the fragment's damage) meet Priam, Hector, Paris, Helen, and Cassandra. He is also present in Achilles' tent when Patroclus is carried in "on his back." In the closing moments of the play, he enters before the walls of Troy with Ajax, Menalaus, and a Herald as the Trojans descend to them. Interesting to note, when Ulysses is listed with other characters the scribe always places him first, perhaps in acknowledgement of his importance in the Greek camp within the play.
A Greek commander in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida. Ulysses plays a key role in ensuring that it is Ajax rather than Achilles who meets Hector's challenge to single combat. He also sees to it that Achilles re-enters the battle. Ulysses, the orator, has many of the play's most philosophical speeches.
Only mentioned in the anonymous Birthe of Hercules. Vlisses is mentioned by Alcumena when she compares herself to Ulysses's wife, Penelope
Only mentioned in Jonson's Cynthia's Revels. Ulysses or Odysseus is a fine warrior and the cleverest of the Achaean commanders in the Iliad. The Odyssey relates the adventures of Odysseus on return from the ten-year Trojan War. After ten years fighting the war, Ulysses spends another ten years sailing back home to his wife and family. During his ten-year voyage, he loses all of his comrades and ships and makes his way home to Ithaca disguised as a beggar. When Asotus and Amorphus exchange beavers as a token of their friendship, Amorphus tells his new friend, in his characteristic grandiloquent style, that the hat is a souvenir he would not so easily have parted with. According to Amorphus, a great man in Russia gave him this coif as a present, claiming that it accompanied Ulysses in his long ten-year travel.
Ulysses (called Vlisses in the text) is the king of Ithaca and a leading member of the Greek force at Troy in Heywood's 1 The Iron Age. Shortly after their arrival, Agamemnon sends Ulysses and Diomedes to Priam in an attempt to negotiate the return of Helen, but the emissaries are rebuffed by the Trojan king. During the initial meeting on the battlefield between Greeks and Trojans, Ulysses suggests that lots be drawn to see who will be the first to confront Hector, and Agamemnon agrees. When Achilles withdraws from a later battle in an effort to preserve his relationship with Priam and Hecuba (he has already arranged to marry their daughter Polyxena), Ulysses convinces him that the surest way to get the Trojan princess is to kill Troilus and thereby frighten Priam into speeding the marriage along. After the death of Achilles, Ulysses challenges Ajax's claim to the fallen warrior's armor, and in a public disputation between the two, convinces the troops that the armor should be his. The case he makes rests importantly on his having forced Achilles to the war (and thus he may take credit for all of Achilles's victories), on his being both a fighter and a shrewd military adviser, and on his having preserved the cause by rallying everyone (including Ajax) when they were on the verge of giving up the effort against Troy. Ulysses last appears in the dumb show among the Greek leaders who convey Hector's corpse to the Trojans.
One of the Greek generals in Heywood's 2 The Iron Age, Ulisses or Ulysses participates in the assault on Troy but takes no major part. He accompanies the other victorious survivors to Mycene, where he joins in discussion of Agamemnon's death. During the catastrophic wedding of Hermione and Pyrhus he is wounded by the vengeful Cethus, but survives to speak the epilogue.

Only mentioned in Jonson's The New Inn. When Host rails against the current decayed ways of the nobility, Lovel defends the good education received by the noble youths. Among other arts, Lovel says the young gentlemen study the figures, numbers, and proportions. This would enable them to exercise the philosophical art of rhetoric, practiced and perfected by the grave Nestor and the wise Ulysses. In the love-trial session, Lovel says that his masters have taught him the moral strength of the classical heroes, among whom he mentions Ulysses, remarkable for his ingenious insight. Ulysses or Odysseus is a fine warrior and the cleverest of the Achaean commanders in the Iliad. Along with Nestor, Ulysses is one of the Achaeans' two best public speakers. He helps mediate between Agamemnon and Achilles during their quarrel and often prevents them from making rash decisions. Lovel uses the name Ulysses eulogistically.


The ghost of Friar Comolet visits Bussy and instructs him to meet at Tamyra's chamber in Chapman's Bussy D'Ambois. The Ghost also appears to Tamyra. He informs her that Bussy is being tricked into an ambush, but that the Friar's Ghost is too weak to prevent the deceit. The Ghost appears one last time during the ambush murder of Bussy.


A"ghost character" in Jonson's Catiline. Umbrenus is a member of Catiline's conspiracy. Lentulus used him as an agent of connection between the conspirators and the Allobroges. Since he had traded in Gaul, Umbrenus was personally acquainted to all the chiefs and he knew the ways of this warlike alpine nation. Umbrenus conveyed the conspirators' message of becoming their allies in the war against the Roman Senate. When Catiline's conspiracy is discovered, it is not clear what happens to Umbrenus.


This nobleman originally sent Travers, a servant of Northumberland's, with a mistakenly good report of Shrewsbury for the Percy faction in Shakespeare's 2 Henry IV.


Family name of Sir Godfrey, Ellen, and Annabel in the Anonymous The Fair Maid of Bristow.

UNA **1607

A “ghost character" in Tomkis’ Lingua. Lingua identifies her as Truth and says she cannot be divided.

UNCLE **1606

The Wife's Uncle in A Yorkshire Tragedy.

UNCLE **1611

"A ghost character" in Cooke's Greene's Tu Quoque. Usurer and uncle to Bartholemew Bubbles, is killed by a butcher and bequeaths his substantial fortune to his nephew.

UNCLE **1614

Named Master Lovegood, he is always referred to in Fletcher's Wit Without Money as "Uncle". He is the uncle of Valentine and Francisco. Uncle is distressed by Valentine's lack of interest in running his inherited estate, yet he is indulgent and endures Valentine's disrespect. He plots with Lance and Merchant first to undermine the support Valentine receives from the suitors, then later to encourage his interest in the rich Widow, and to advance her interest in him.

UNCLE **1617

Lamprias' uncle in Fletcher's Queen of Corinth seems marginally the least foolish and the most malignant of the trio of fools formed by nephew, uncle and tutor. It is clear that he has kept his fifty-six-year-old nephew in training for so many years in order to keep control of his land and money. He joins his nephew and the tutor in currying favour with Crates and Theanor by insulting Euphanes, and is bested along with them by Euphanes' fiery young page. When Lamprias declares himself unbearably humiliated by this experience, his uncle hopes that he will run mad ("and then all's mine"). He suggests that Lamprias could cure his own shame by hanging or drowning himself, but his nephew prefers the tutor's suggestion of more travel, and so the trio departs Corinth for another thirty years of educational touring.


Bellamie's uncle in Nabbes' Tottenham Court, an angry country gentleman. At the play's outset, he is pursuing Bellamie and Worthgood through Marylebone Park along with his servants and tenants, because he does not approve of the match; this pursuit causes the lovers to become separated, setting the rest of the plot in motion. The uncle reappears only near the end of the play, finding Bellamie and Worthgood after two of his tenants tells him where they are. After initial skepticism, he finally accepts Worthgood as a worthy match for Bellamie after a servant brings word that Worthgood's uncle has died and made him his heir.

UNCLE **1634

A "ghost character" in Shirley's The Opportunity. The Uncle is mentioned as the deceased uncle of Borgia; his estate passed to Mercutio.


A “ghost character" in Hausted’s Rival Friends. He has died and left his nephew, Endymion, eight thousand pounds, his niece, Isabella, three, and his brother, Laurentio, all his lands.


Brother of Old Flowerdale, and long-suffering guardian of his son in The London Prodigal. Assists his brother in orchestrating young Flowerdale's downfall.


Only mentioned in Jonson's Bartholomew Fair. Uncle Hodge is said to have accepted a wager that a cat could pull him across a pond. A rope was tied round him and the other end fastened to a cat, but men in hiding did the actual pulling, but they made it appear that the cat was responsible. This was a standard practical joke in Jonson's day. Wasp tells Littlewit, Winwife, and Quarlous about his adventures while he accompanied Cokes and Grace Wellborn to London, since the young man wanted to show the City to his bride-to-be. Wasp says he would never repeat the experience, or he would better be drawn with a cat through the great pond at home, as Cokes' Uncle Hodge was. Wasp makes Uncle Hodge a relative of Cokes to suggest the young man's foolishness.


A “ghost character" in Hausted’s Rival Friends. A justice of the peace who will lend Mongrel his white mare whenever he please.


A "ghost character" in Middleton's A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. When the Touchwood Seniors decide to separate, she says she will live with her uncle.


A "ghost character" in Davenant's The Just Italian. Sciolto's uncle is a senator who conveniently dies at the climax of the play, leaving his entire fortune to Sciolto, so that he may marry Charintha.


Does not appear in play in Rowley, Dekker and Ford's The Witch of Edmonton. Winifred's uncle with whom she stays while waiting for Frank.


‘Ghost characters’ in Verney’s Antipoe. Dramurgon strangled them.


A Puritan in Middleton's A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. She has made the comfit and comes to be a gossip at the Allwit christening. When the gossips begin to quarrel over which of them is most important, Mistress Underman leads the Puritans (who love to be lowly) from the place. On returning from the christening, she approves that it was performed without unnecessary ritual after the Amsterdam manner. She has five children herself, "got with zeal," at home. She calls for the christening wine often and grows drunk in drinking to every child she can think of. She reels and falls trying to give Tim a welcome home kiss.


Vndermyne is a wealthy citizen and a crafty and selfish man in ?Clavell's The Soddered Citizen. At the beginning of the play he sends his servant, Sly, to the prison, to see Brainsicke, a gentleman who dilapidated all his fortune. When Brainsicke asks him for some money, he feels pity for him, and agrees to give him what he asks for. He and his friend Moutayne, plan a trick involving real estate. He also explains that he would like Sit Wittworth to marry his daughter and sole heir, Miniona, but he knows he is in love with his niece, Modestina. Besides, there is an added danger–his neighbour, Makewell, is a very good friend of Old Sir Wittworth, and he is afraid the Doctor should want the young man into his own family. His daughter arrives, and tells him that she had been mocked by Modestina and Sir Wittworth. He promises to take revenge on them, goes to see them, insults the gentleman and sends his niece to her chamber, ordering her to live like an anchoress there. Afterwards, Vndermyne goes even further, and gives Mountayne all his niece's jewels for him to tell his varlets to rape Modestina and make her a wretch. When he learns that Sergeants have seized everything, he wants to escape. He is misled by Brainsicke, Clutch and Shackle–who are disguised–into believing that they are going to help him escape the fury of his creditors. Later, he despairs when he finds out that Sir Wittworth has recovered his mind, has married Modestina, and, on top of it all, has come to ask him for £15,000 as a dowry for his wife. But he soon thinks of a way of using part of Wittworth's fortune for his own benefit, in fact, he intends to make the young gentleman pay his debts, since now they are related. But Sir Wittworth arrives with two Commissioners, a Solicitor and three creditors, to make the old man pay what he owes to his creditors. Once more, Vndermyne manages to mislead them into believing that he has no money, that the one to blame for his misfortune is Mountayne, and that they should talk to him if they want to recover what they have lost. Afterwards, Mountayne informs Vndermyne that his daughter has married Brainsicke and that his father has passed away. Excited at the thought that his brand-new son-in-law might have inherited a fortune, he is relieved, expecting him to see to his debts now. Thus, he is really disappointed when he learns that all he has inherited is a bull, and that all his daughter feels for him, her father, is hatred. Actually, his daughter's reaction forces him to become an honest man. Therefore, in the end, Vndermyne pays his creditors the money he owed them.


Peregrine is kept under arrest in the Undersheriff's house in Shirley's The Example.


A "ghost character" in S.S's Honest Lawyer. Gripe orders Nice and Thirsty to go to the Under Sheriff and get possession of Vaster's lands.


Spelled Vndershreve throughout the play, it is Wilkin's disguise in the anonymous July and Julian. It is the identity adopted by Wilkin when he is trying to mislead the Messenger into setting Julian free and taking Bettrice instead. He explains that Chremes had acquired a debt with Mr. Rose when he fought against the latter and a merchant of Braband the previous summer. He then reveals that he is the Vndershreve, and the Messenger pays him the money with pleasure–in the belief that he is in fact meeting the debt that Chremes had contracted with Mr. Rose). The Vndershreve then explains that another reason for his presence there is that he had come to take his daughter, Julian, with him, because he had heard that she was to be sold to a Merchant. When his 'daughter' is restored to him, he meets her with joy, and threatens to put the Messenger to jail. He pretends to have been so offended that he does not even want to hear about Chremes, the man whose loathsome behavior almost deprives him of the sight of his "daughter" forever. Later, the Vndershreve offers Bettrice to the Messenger in exchange for money.


Sir Richard's son-in-law by a previous marriage in Cavendish & Shirley's Country Captain. Underwit has been given the honorary office of Captain of the Trained Guard by his neighbor, the Lord Lieutenant of the County, in return for selling him some land. Underwit takes it seriously, and in comic fashion, with the help of his servant Thomas, he acquires military trappings. He invites Captain Sackbury to the county where they (briefly) practice at military maneuvers, and drink heavily at the tavern. He is romantically interested in Dorothy, but not in marrying her, until she tricks him into thinking that she is the daughter of a wealthy knight. He marries her. When she tells him she is not the daughter of a knight, and threatens him with a charge of rape if he nullifies the marriage, he decides to stand by his commitment and make her a lady in reality.


In (?)Shipman’s Grobiana’s Nuptials, she advises Grobiana to eat several cloves of garlic while fasting to mend her breath. She has not dressed her hair in a month, and the lice playing about her scabs tell her that Grobiana is in love. When Ungartred wants to go to bed with Oyestus, he says he’d like to, but he is married.


Cremulus's maid in the anonymous Wisest Have Their Fools. She answers the door to the hapless Musophilus and is later called on stage to find her master's spectacles. She is possibly the unnamed maid who leads in the blind Cremulus at play's end, but she enters under her own name only six lines after that maid exits, so this is doubtful. She enters with news from the physician that Cremulus's blindness may be cured with the water of an honest woman or unspotted virgin. Because she is above twelve years of age and has lived in London all her life, she avers that she cannot oblige him.


In Chettle, Dekker and Munday's Sir Thomas More, Inclination the Vice addresses Lady Vanity as Unknown Honesty when he encourages her to accept Wit in the interlude The Marriage of Wit and Wisdom performed for More by the Lord Cardinal's men.


A "ghost character" in the anonymous Johan The Evangelist. Mutual acquaintance of Evil Counsel and Idleness.


Other spelling of Volusenus in Fisher's Fuimus Troes.


For Welsh names that include “up" such as THOMAS up WILLIAM up MORGAN up DAVY, see also “ap."


With Starch-hound, Tobacco-spawling, Suckland and Glitterbacke, Upshotten is a devil in Pluto's hell in Dekker's If It Be Not Good.

URANIA **1605

A "ghost character" in Daniel's The Queen's Arcadia. Urania has skill with herbs, and is brought to tend to Amyntas when he poisons himself. We hear from Meliboeus that she has succeeded in curing him.

URANIA **1608

Urania is the daughter of Bacha by her first marriage in Beaumont & Fletcher's Cupid's Revenge. She has been brought up away from court by an uncle and has a rustic accent and an almost total innocence about court politics. She is in love with Leucippus, and promises to help him. After Leucippus is rescued from execution by the citizens, a proclamation announces that Leucippus is a traitor and that Urania is now the heir to the dukedom. Urania resists being married off by her mother, and decides to go to Leucippus disguised as a boy. She asks Ismenus for assistance in finding Leucippus, and Ismenus eventually agrees to help her. She decides not to reveal her identity to Leucippus, afraid that he will hate her because of her mother's behaviour. Urania finds Leucippus and serves him faithfully. When Timantus tries to assassinate Leucippus, Urania takes the blow. Leucippus accuses Timantus and fights a duel with him; mortally wounded, Timantus reveals Urania's true identity. Leucippus does not believe him, but Urania herself confirms her identity before her death.

URANIA **1617

Daughter to the shepherd Gisbert in Daborne's Poor Man's Comfort. She is pursued by three pastoral suitors: Surdo (son of Cosmo), Alexis (son of Lisippus), and Lucius (disguised as Lisander and a servant to her father). Gisbert adopts Lucius heir and grants him his daughter's hand in marriage. Disguised as Castadora in the presence of Gullman, Urania witnesses Lucius proclaim his love for Flavia (Gullman's daughter) and, immediately after her husband's departure, declare her love for Jaspero. When Lucius' falls on hard times, she comforts him, reveals her true identity, and is reunited with her husband. She is implicated in Lucius' murder of Flavia and, along with her husband, is sentenced to death by Gisbert (now a senator). The sentence is commuted by King Ferdinand when his son Sigismund is reunited with Princess Adelizia.

URANIA **1630

A sad nymph in Randolph's Amyntas. She is daughter to Pilumnus the High Priest, sister to Damon, enamored of Amyntas. The death of her other brother, Philaebus, caused her father to invoke vengeance and provoked the goddess's curse on marriage in the island. Her love for Amyntas defies her father's wishes, and she remains constant despite Amyntas's madness as a result of trying to interpret the impossible dowry prescribed by the goddess. Amaryllis and she jointly care for Amyntas and privately console each other for their unhappy lives. Urania lectures her brother severely for his hostility to Amaryllis, and promises Amaryllis to try to persuade him to relent. She rejoices at Amyntas's cure, and agrees to sacrifice her hopes of marriage, and happiness, to prevent his relapse into madness, which could result if he were to continue trying to solve the enigmatic riddle of the dowry. Claius, incognito, persuades her to vow virginity at Ceres's altar. Her prayers to the goddess are answered by Echo, who inspires Amyntas to solve the riddle at long last, freeing them to marry. The goddess blesses their marriage, and they celebrate with all the rest.


Father of Saturn and Titan in Heywood's The Golden Age. He is described as "old Uranus, son of Air and Day." Two Lords of Crete announce his death at the opening of the play.


In the final act of Fletcher's A Wife for a Month, Valerio takes on the disguise of Urbino, a soldier of noble descent who has come to court to woo the soon-to-be widowed Evanthe. Evanthe readily agrees to the marriage, but the evil King of Naples, Frederick, stops it. At that moment, Valerio takes off his disguise and orders the castle bells to ring, signaling the return of the rightful king, Alphonso, and the overthrow of Frederick.


A "ghost character" in Shirley's The Opportunity. Duke Urbino is the deceased husband of the Duchess Urbino.


The Duchess Urbino in Shirley's The Opportunity is pleased to honor Ursini's request for Borgia's pardon, for she expresses an interest in Borgia herself, unaware that the man is truly Aurelio Andreozzi from Milan. She installs Aurelio in her vacant secretary's post, thereby keeping him close to her court. As the result of a series of mistaken identities and misheard conversations, Aurelio becomes confused about the duchess' feelings for him; the duchess at times encourages Aurelio and yet at other times scolds him for being too opportunistic. By the end of the play, it is the Duke of Ferrara who will wed the Duchess Urbino.


A suitor to Julia in Chettle, Dekker and Haughton's Patient Grissil. Like her other suitors, his advances lead nowhere.


A magician who befriends Laertes and Eschines in the anonymous Dead Man's Fortune. He advises Eschines to disguise himself as Bellveille (the reasons for this are unclear in the surviving plot). After Tesephon and Allgerius plot to drug Allcyane and Statyra, the magician devises a counterplot wherein the women pretend to be poisoned by their fathers's drug. Urganda then accuses the fathers of murder and has them arrested. He next visits the rival, wicked suitors Carynus and Prelior and, with the aid of a magic mirror, drives them into madness. He delays the execution of the fathers with magic tricks and conjures three antic faeries to dismiss the executioner. He then reveals that the women are not dead. The fathers are freed and reconciled to their daughters' choice. It is likely that he also restores the senses of the rival suitors, but the imperfect state of the surviving plot makes this unclear.


Youngest of the three princes of Britain, brother to Elydure, Peridure, and King Archigallo in the Anonymous Nobody and Somebody. After Archigallo's sudden death, he plots with Peridure and seizes the throne with the support of Malgo and Morgan. Too ambitious to be satisfied with joint rule, he and his brother soon come into conflict that leads to a pitched battle in which both are killed.


A "ghost character" in Bale's God's Promises. The husband of Bersabe, he is killed by David so that the latter can sleep with Bersabe.


Urias, the husband of Bethsabe in Peele's David and Bethsabe, is a Hethite (Hittite) who has converted to Judaism and who serves as an officer in David's army. In order to advance his affair with Bethsabe, David has Urias ordered into the thickest part of the fighting at the city of Rabbah where he is killed.


An eastern viceroy and contributory of Callapine in Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great, Part 2. He advises Orcanes not to hazard his army against Sigismund, who is reinforced by Sclavonians, Almains, Rutters, Muffs, and Danes. After the truce with Sigismund, he gloats that the Christians are afraid of them. When the treacherous Sigismund is slain, Orcanes puts Uribassa in charge of seeing that Sigismund's corpse lies unburied on the field.

URINA **1615

A "ghost character" in P. Fletcher's Sicelides. Conchylio (disguised as Cupid) includes the Nymph Urina in a list of possible love interests for Cancrone, but Cancrone claims that he will have "none of her" because "shee's too high colourd."

URINA **1627

Mistress Urina is a physician's daughter in the anonymous Wisest Have Their Fools. Her name inspires many urinary jokes, but she is a beauty famous for spurning love. When Musophilus suggests that she will make the love-smitten Silly's mouth water, he is excited that she will make water in his mouth and wishes to have a good work "cast" for him. She doubts that fire in the breast is "the nature and essence of love." She overhears Silly's foolish blazon of her and rejects him, having Edentula summon furies to pinch him. She is adamant against love until she retrieves the letter Silly dropped, the letter Musophilus wrote. The letter's verse is sung (by an offstage voice?), and Urina feels the pangs of love. When Musophilus woos her, she remains aloof but secretly loves him. When he comes to her door, she surprises him by coming down to meet him. He woos her and, after a brief hesitation, she accepts him. At play's end, when Cremulus's blindness may be cured only with the water of an honest woman or unspotted virgin, she obliges and restores his sight. Both Cremulus and Cremula then bless her union with Musophilus.

URINAL **1636

Artless’ man in Glapthorne’s Hollander. Mixum recommends Urinal to Artless’ service. He formulates a plan to have Sir Martin Yellow sneak into Artless’ house in disguise and see if his wife, Lady Yellow, will be seduced in her bed (in a type of reverse bed trick). In fact, he sets the jealous man in Mrs. Mixum’s room and makes him appear to be the one that cannot be trusted.

URRACA **1637

The Infanta of Castile in Rutter’s The Cid. Although she has played matchmaker to bring Roderigo together with Cimena, her friend, she is herself in love with Roderigo. She knows that he is below her in birth and hopes that seeing him married will rid her of loving him. After Roderigo vanquishes the Moors, she goes again to Cimena and asks her in her country’s name to set aside her desire for Roderigo’s death. She bids Cimena to cease loving him and that will be punishment enough. She confesses to Leonora, now that Roderigo has become The Cid, that he is worthy to marry a princess. Nevertheless, she resolves to remain true to her original design and see him marry Cimena.


One of the eleven virtues that regulate the affections in the anonymous Pathomachia. Rusticity and Scurrility are the extremes of Urbanity. A “merry Greek" who rouses spirits with wit. Justice finds him a “pleasant companion" in moments of sadder, severer care. He speaks well of plays and says men playing women is good because all spectators know the women are really men and are therefore not inclined to base thoughts of them. He settles the tension between the king and queen and rouses the king to new vigor before the war. He is the fifth in the wave of the attack against the Vices.


Urse is the wife of Compass, whom she believes to be drowned at sea in Webster and Rowley's A Cure for a Cuckold. She has had a child by the rich merchant Franckford, and is repentant when Compass returns to Blackwall. Compass is however, happy to have a child - his only concern is to regain custody from Franckford. Compass' actions restore the baby to Urse and himself. Then they remove the stigma of cuckoldry: they pretend they have died, then meet the next day as if they are strangers, and marry. This remarriage 'cures' Compass's cuckoldry, and they live happily ever after.


See also URSLEY.


Sacrilege Hook’s supposed daughter, “deformed and foolish" in Hausted’s Rival Friends. She is seventeen years old. Hook has bestowed the parsonage upon her, and though she is crook-backed she entertains many suitors who would take her in order to have the parsonage. Unhappily, no one may have the parsonage until Bully Lively dies. She loves none of her suitors but wants Anteros. Ursely begs her father to get her Anteros, and he promises to go to Terpander, Anteros’s father, and set the match. When Anteros insists on having the parsonage deed before contracting, she wheedles her father into agreeing. She is overthrown by news that Anteros is her brother. At play’s end, she is given with the parsonage to Hammershin in marriage.

URSIN **1641

A Bear-heard and Grobian in (?)Shipman’s Grobiana’s Nuptials. He’s missed the day’s baiting at the garden as he’s been called to the feast. At the feast, he likes the looks of Grobiana and hopes his smell of bear pleases her. He interrupts Grobiana’s wooing of Tantoblin in order to woo her for himself. When he tries to kiss her, she calls for Tantoblin, who knocks him down with his staff. Ursin cries murder. He takes Tantoblin before Vanslotten, who says that, as Tantoblin admitted doing the deed, Ursin should be satisfied. Ursin is satisfied and goes to see Tantoblin wed to Grobiana.


Ursini lives at court in Urbino in Shirley's The Opportunity. As a favorite of the duchess, he obtains a pardon for Borgia; though Borgia had killed Ursini's brother, Ursini wants no bad blood between himself and Borgia's family, for Ursini has been courting Borgia's sister Cornelia. By the end of the play, Aurelio is revealed to be a visiting Milanese and is not Borgia, the brother of Cornelia; Ursini and Cornelia plan to wed.


A ‘ghost character’ in Percy’s A Country Tragedy in Vacunium. Rhodaghond recounts how Guasto, the Duke of Vacunium, called forth a ‘solemn cheer’ and his noblemen came from far and near to participate, including Camillo, Bentivole, Lepido, Collinio, Ursino, Novoli, Gonsagua, Columna, Flaminio, ‘and twenty more’. It was during this event that Florimel, who once despised Amadour, grew to love him when he earned great praise from the Duke of Vacunium for his prowess in the games.


Another name for Ursula, Hero's attendant in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.


See also URSELY.

URSLEY **1641

Marchurch’s big-bellied kitchen wench in Wild’s The Benefice. She’s carrying Marchurch’s bastard and fears discovery by Mar–pudding, who is always hanging about the kitchen. She wants to ensure that Marchurch provides for her and the baby. When Mar–pudding sees Ursley is pregnant, she threatens to tell everyone that the child is his. To ensure her silence, she extorts from him the pantry keys and full access to the larder. When her baby is delivered, Marchurch sells the babe to a gypsy beggar woman for twenty shillings.

URSULA **1593

Ursula does not speak in Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, but she appears as Silvia's serving woman who brings out a small portrait of Silvia at her mistress' request.

URSULA **1598

Ursula, Hero's attendant in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, participates in the plot to make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love. Hero arranges to have Beatrice overhear her conversation with Ursula about Benedick's love for Beatrice. Later, Ursula is the messenger who tells Beatrice and Benedick that Hero has been exonerated.

URSULA **1599

A "ghost character" in the anonymous Wisdom of Doctor Dodypoll. A servant of Dodypoll.

URSULA **1602

A co-worker with Phillis at the shop in the Exchange in [?]Heywood's The Fair Maid of the Exchange. Ursula accompanies her in the attempt to make a delivery to the anonymous lady and is with her when Scarlet and Bobbington attack.

URSULA **1614

Ursula is a pig-woman and a bawd in Jonson's Bartholomew Fair. In the morning at the Fair, while people begin to erect their booths and stalls, Ursula comes out of her booth, commanding Mooncalf to bring her a chair, her beer, and her pipe. Ursula participates in the fight generated by Knockem, with a view of distracting Quarlous and Winwife's attention and stealing their purses. Ursula uses the scalding-pan as a weapon and is hurt in the fight. Knockem, Mooncalf, and Leatherhead carry the bulky Ursula to her booth to have her wounds tended to. When the Littlewit party is before Ursula's booth, she comments negatively on the customers, saying they are not good drinkers. Ursula leaves with Whit and Knockem into her booth to attend to the customers. After the Littlewit party leaves Ursula's booth, and when the Cokes party enters, Mistress Overdo remains inside Ursula's booth. When Mistress Overdo says she wants to relieve herself, Ursula takes her inside, since the booth seems to be used both as an eating place and a privy. The booth is also a hiding place for stolen goods, and Ursula hides the cloaks and swords stolen by Knockem from the foolish fighters inside her booth. While Mistress Overdo is in the booth, Ursula comes out and sees that Littlewit has left his wife behind in the company of Knockem and Whit. Complaining that she is rather short of prostitutes for that evening, Ursula tells Knockem to convince Mistress Littlewit to dress as a lady of pleasure, while the pig-woman takes it upon herself to persuade Mistress Overdo. Ursula enters the puppet-theatre, following Trouble-all, who is wearing a pan that she accuses him of having stolen from her. Overdo prepares to arraign her, together with the other wrongdoers, but, in the end, Ursula is among the guests invited to Overdo's house for supper.

URSULA **1625

Niece to Old Boote in Sampson's The Vow-Breaker, she is a merry young woman who derides her cousin Ann's vows of fidelity to Young Bateman and encourages Young Bateman to marry Ann while she is still enamored of him, and wryly mocks Old Boote's avarice in seeking to sell his daughter's virginity to a rich man. She also makes fun of the miller Miles for being in love with her. Nevertheless, she is shocked when Ann decides to marry the wealthy but elderly German and is even moved (in a nod to Joseph Swetnam's infamous pamphlet) to agree with "those misogynists that say women are forward, inconstant, and what not." She warns Ann that her conscience will trouble her if Young Bateman does any mischief to himself on learning of her perfidy, and is the only member of the Boote family to be grief-stricken when he commits suicide. She cannot see his ghost when it haunts Ann, but accompanies her cousin when she makes her contrite pilgrimage to Old Bateman's house, and joins with her in begging his forgiveness. She admires and blesses Old Bateman for his kindness when he comforts Ann. She joins Ann's gossips in sitting with her after her child is born and makes fun of them for getting drunk and falling asleep. Nevertheless, she too is overcome with heaviness and cannot resist sleep even though Ann has begged her to watch. She tells Old Boot that Ann has disappeared from her childbed, and is present when Ann's corpse is brought back from the river. Extremely annoyed by Miles' persistent courtship when he returns from Leith, she finally tricks him into leaving her alone.

URSULA **1639

Ursula is Roberto the gardener's wife in Shirley's The Gentleman of Venice. She nursed the duke's son Thomazo in his youth and continues to dote upon him, often denigrating her own son Giovanni in the process. When Thomazo is condemned for high treason, Ursula provides a paper proving that Thomazo is in fact her own son, exchanged by Ursula for the duke's child during the boys' infancy. She obtains pardon for both herself and Thomazo.

URSULA **1641

A “ghost character" in (?)Shipman’s Grobiana’s Nuptials. Likely Ursin’s daughter, whom he calls his cub. If Mr. Ployden has a mind to marry a pig, Ursula will bear her company.


Also known as the Boar's Head Tavern hostess, Mistress Ursula claims to have received weekly marriage proposals from Falstaff in Shakespeare's 2 Henry IV.


Urswick is Henry VII's chaplain in Ford's Perkin Warbeck. He advises Clifford to speak truth to Henry VII and taste his clemency.


Urswick serves in Thomas Heywood's 1 Edward IV as the Master Recorder for the Lord Mayor of London. He mans the bridge during Falconbridge's siege of London, and the king knights him for meritorious service.


A "ghost character" in ?Greene's Selimus I. Soldan of Egypt and father of Tonombey. Enters into an alliance with Acomat.


A fantasy character in (?)Speed’s The Converted Robber. In his boasting, Autolius claims that he can make an old usurer stand whose hams are weakened by his own penury. He can also feed the old man’s servant a dish of air and make the old man pay for it.

USHER **1497

Not a character proper in Medwall’s Fulgens and Lucrece. At the end of the first part, the character A calls upon the actual usher of the banquet hall (where the play is being performed) to fill the guest’s wine goblets whilst the play takes an interval.

USHER **1589

The Usher at the Court of Chester is a "ghost character" in Munday's John a Kent and John a Cumber. Hugh suggests that Turnop took a lot of pains to prepare his performance, including the fact that he borrowed the usher's old coat to look more suitable to task. It is inferred that the usher's old coat is more garishly elegant than any costume Turnop could lay his hands on.

USHER **1594

A non-speaking character in the anonymous Knack To Know An Honest Man. Usher to the court of Venice. The duke instructs him to let in all those who seek audience.

USHER **1600

At Cromwell's banquet in the anonymous Thomas Lord Cromwell, which Old Cromwell, Frescobald and Seeley attend, the Usher tells the visitors to remove their hats.

USHER **1617

The Usher of the Roaring School in Middleton and Rowley's A Fair Quarrel teaches Chough and Trimtram the art of roaring.

USHER **1641

Oldrents' usher, an official doorkeeper in Brome's A Jovial Crew. He welcomes Oliver and Tallboy when they come searching for Amie.


"Ghost characters" in Hawkins's Apollo Shroving. First, Implement informs Novice that the Usher of his and Captaine Complement's school "has had for fees of yong gentlemen at their entrance, above an hundred crownes within this 12 monteth, besides his yearely stipend." At this information, Novice promises to "get a crowne of [his] mother, and twelve pence for [. . .] honest Jacke Implement." Next, Complement informs Gringle and Implement that he paid "foure Nobles to the Usher of the dancing schoole to learne one tricke, which they cal Le Tourne Fuseau."


The Ushers open Fletcher's The Humorous Lieutenant by preparing the court for the visiting ambassadors. They encounter Celia, distraught by the absence of Demetrius, and while they refuse to let her enter, one of the ushers offers to dine with her after the show. The Ushers feel foolish after realizing that Celia is involved with Demetrius.


An alternative form for Vskata in the Anonymous Edmond Ironside.


A follower of Tamburlaine in Marlowe's Tamburlaine Part 1. He expresses his absolute loyalty as the play begins. After helping Tamburlaine place Cosroe on the Persian throne, he immediately assists Tamburlaine in usurping him. When later Agydas attempts to dissuade Zenocrate from loving Tamburlaine, Usumcasane and Techelles are sent to kill him, but they only witness Agydas' suicide. He calls the act "manly" and goes to beg Tamburlaine to give Agydas a "triple-worthy burial." He helps defeat the Turks and returns wearing the crown of one of the Turk's contributory kings. Tamburlaine later crowns him king of Morocco. After the fall of Damascus and defeat of the combined Egyptian and Arabian forces, he personally brings in Zenocrate's crown when Tamburlaine proclaims her queen of Persia. At play's end, during the coronation, Tamburlaine sends him to his kingdom to rule.
King of Morocco in Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great, Part 2. Tamburlaine refers to him as Casane. He meets Tamburlaine at Larissa plains to join forces with him against the Turk. He gives up his crown to Tamburlaine, promises his support, and receives his crown again. He is particularly eager to find and punish the traitor Almeda (though he never does). Once the Turks are defeated at Aleppo and Tamburlaine is incensed against Calyphas, Usumcasane begs for the boy's pardon. He later accompanies Tamburlaine to Babylon and, at its fall, helps Tamburlaine to burn all copies of the Alcoran (Koran). When Tamburlaine falls ill, Usumcasane laments. He is present at Tamburlaine's death and assists in the coronation of Amyras.

USURER **1590

The unnamed Usurer in Greene and Lodge's A Looking Glass For London And England rigorously insists that the deadlines for loan repayment be kept so that he may keep the lands of Thrasibulus and the cow owned by Alcon when the debtors are slightly late. His two victims take him to court seeking some understanding, but the Usurer bribes both the Judge and the plaintiffs' Lawyer to ensure he is found in the right. When Alcon and Thrasibulus are then reduced to thievery to support themselves, the Usurer encourages them to send him their stolen items. As the preaching of Jonas begins to move a large part of Nineveh's population to repentance, the Usurer becomes guilt-ridden and contemplates suicide. Deterred from taking his own life by the timely intervention of the Voice from Heaven, he seeks divine forgiveness, and in a gesture of true remorse, restores what he has gotten from Alcon and Thrasibulus.

USURER **1625

A moneylender in Heywood's The English Traveler. Loudly demands from Reignald the money that Young Lionell has borrowed from him to finance his parties. Overhearing this, Old Lionell becomes suspicious, knowing that he had left his son sufficient funds to run the estate in a responsible manner during his absence.

USURER **1625

A fictional character within Massinger's A New Way to Pay Old Debts whom Furnace invents to serve as an example of the "common" way in which most men become rich "in wealth, and lordships," which is directly opposed to the way in which Sir Giles Overreach has grown wealthy. This usurer, for example, is described as one who "starves himself" and wears clothes "bought of the hangman."

USURER **1634

A comic dancer in Heywood's Love's Mistress.


Two usurers figure in Davenport's New Trick to Cheat the Devil.
  • The Usurer is a mean man who wants to feed on other people's money. He talks to the Scrivener, in the hope that he will provide him with some gossip about possible victims. He is actually informed about a gentleman (Slightall) whom "could you squeeze [...] would yeeld good substance." The Usurer is pleased with the news and offers him a share in the gain. He soon receives, from the Scrivener, writings from Slightall "sign'd, seal'd, and delivered." He then asks him to do the same with Slightall's lands, but when he is reminded of the fact that the Scrivener wants his share in the money, the Usurer replies that he will not have money from him, but that his writings are paid for from Master Slightall's purse. Still, the Scrivener asks for his brokage, but it seems that all the Usurer will offer him is a pint of beer in the "Taverne." Afterwards, when Slightall comes with the money to meet his debts and get his mortgage back, the Usurer cannot believe his eyes. Later, he will have to assure Slightall and the Divell (Master Changeable in disguise) that the former does not owe anything to him anymore, and he runs afraid when he realizes that Slightall's companion is actually the devil.
  • An anticke dancer. He appears before Slightall wearing "I am a Usurer" on his breast, and carrying money bags. He claims he is "Satan's eldest Son / And Heire to all his torments." The word anticke (antique), apart from meaning 'old, ancient', also means 'disguised'.


Has a short, inconsequential sequence with Usurer in Heywood's The English Traveler.


Usurpid Power is one of the supporters of Sedicyon in Bale's King Johan, Part 1. He is also the Pope.


Usury in Wilson's The Three Ladies of London was formerly the servant of Old Lady Lucre in Venice, but on her death he has come to London to be the servant of her daughter, Lucre. He enters hand-in-hand with Simony. Lucre makes him her secretary. On her orders he drags Love and Conscience into poverty, takes over Conscience's house, and puts up the rents. He murders Hospitality. He escapes trial by Judge Nemo, and is last heard of at the Exchange.
Since the end of The Three Ladies of London, Usury has been banished while his mistress, Lucre has been in prison, but now in Wilson's The Three Lords and Three Ladies of London, hearing that the three ladies may be released, he is back, and he meets his old friends Fraud, Dissimulation and Simony, in the hope of renewing their "old entertainment." But the ladies, even Lucre, spurn them. Usury refuses to accept Simplicity's worthless goods as pawns, and tweaks Simplicity's ears. He refuses to follow Fraud, Dissimulation and Simony in joining the Spanish, because he is not sure what their laws are on usury. After the lords have defeated the Spanish, Usury presents himself to Policy as a servant. The lords are not fooled, and brand him with the sign of "A little 'x' standing in the midst of a great 'C'", signifying that interest is capped at ten per cent.


Utenbogart [real name Uytenbogaert], like Taurinus, is an Arminian divine who is listed in the MS of Fletcher and Massinger's Sir John Van Olden Barnavelt but with his name scored through. [In fact he was—ironically enough—the chaplain of Maurice, whose anti-Arminianism was entirely political.]


Uther is a brother to Constantius and Aurelius in Middleton's Hengist. He flees Britain when Vortiger kills Constantius and seizes the crown. Uther returns to Britain with Aurelius and helps him overthrow Vortiger.


A British prince, Uter Pendragon is the brother of King Aurelius in William Rowley's The Birth of Merlin: or, The Child Hath Found His Father. A man of quick temper and impetuous behavior, he falls in love with Artesia after catching sight of her in a forest. He is consumed with jealousy when he arrives at court to find Aurelius married to her. Artesia flirts with him, and although Uter wrestles with his conscience, he is seduced nonetheless. Artesia then causes a split between Aurelius and the other Britons by accusing Uter of plotting to abduct her. Uter leads the Britons to Wales where they defeat Vortiger, and he becomes King when the Saxons poison Aurelius. Merlin then prophecies that Uter will be the father of King Arthur.
A "ghost character" in Hughes' The Misfortunes of Arthur. Merlin changed Uther Pendragon's shape to fool Igerna into believing he was her husband, Gorlois. In this disguise, Uther fathered the twins Arthur and Anne.
Only mentioned in (?)Speed’s The Converted Robber. Jarbus mentions that this king came to power in the year 517.
Only mentioned in Randolph's Plutophthalmia. Father of King Arthur. Penia-Penniless refers to the Welsh soldier Caradoc as a man of Pendragon's noble stock. Utter Pendragon is mentioned again later in the play.


Utopia is the commonwealth represented in the aborted masque following the beggars' wedding in Brome's A Jovial Crew. It is to be played by Rachel.


A Count and father to Clarinda in Carlell's The Deserving Favorite. Accused of poisoning the Duke's uncle, he was a prisoner of the King, who has released him because of the Duke's love for Clarinda. Unaware of Clarinda's love for Lysander, he urges her to agree to marry the Duke and to petition him for the estate he lost when he was sent to prison. After the Duke's apparent death, he claims the Duke's lands in his daughter's name and encourages her to accept them. He upholds the King's desire to kill Lysander but laments the fact that Lysander must die, blaming successively himself, Clarinda's beauty and the heavens for making her beautiful. He believes that Clarinda's accusations against Jacomo of rape are false and tries to prevent her from seeking justice from the King.


One of the three executioners in Fletcher and Massinger's Sir John Van Olden Barnavelt. The others are from Leiden and Harlem. He throws dice with his fellow executioners to determine who will behead Barnavelt and wins. He accidentally cuts off Barnavelt's fingertips while they are raised to Heaven.


A "ghost character" in Davenant's The Cruel Brother. This is one of the two ladies that Corsa guesses was Luinna's nighttime visitor (who was actually the Duke).


A "ghost character" in Davenant's The Just Italian. Utruvio, Antonio's son, is one of the merchants or bankers that Alteza orders Niente to ask for credit, after she finds that she cannot buy jewels from the Millanoise Jeweler because of Altamont's orders.

UXOR **1530

Uxor, arguing with Pater in the anonymous Pater, Filius et Uxor, affirms that she could have lovers and make her husband a cuckold. When their argument is interrupted by the arrival of Filius, who wants to sell them some faggots, she resolves to sit down and sew a napkin for Sir John Kose to blow his nose. She explains that her husband is a knave, and therefore she will take revenge on him by making him die a cuckold.

UXOR **1621

Uxor is the Latin name for "wife" and it refers to two fictional characters in Middleton's Anything for a Quiet Life. When George reads the fabricated guest list for the dinner invitation at Chamlet's house, presumably to celebrate Chamlet's marriage, Doctor Glister et uxor, and wife are among the guests. There is also a Master Body et uxor.