Female Speech: A Timeline

This chart contains information for all plays included in the ROLECALL database except those lacking information regarding dates; these plays have been excluded. All plays have been grouped into decades for the viewers' convenience. In the case of plays with no date of writing/performance, the date of publication has been used. In the case of plays with date intervals, the median year has been used.

  • TOTAL: ≤1570 (109), 1580 (41), 1590 (133), 1600 (179), 1610 (173), 1620 (147), 1630 (197), 1640 (140), 1650 (160), 1660 (170), 1670 (150), 1680 (98), 1690 (141), ≥1700 (52)
  • ENGLAND: ≤1570 (3), 1580 (17), 1590 (62), 1600 (80), 1610 (37), 1620 (35), 1630 (42), 1640 (4), 1650 (9), 1660 (45), 1670 (68), 1680 (33), 1690 (40), ≥1700 (6)
  • FRANCE: ≤1570 (3), 1590 (1), 1600 (5), 1610 (6), 1620 (5), 1630 (65), 1640 (85), 1650 (52), 1660 (87), 1670 (49), 1680 (53), 1690 (91), ≥1700 (39)
  • GERMANY: ≤1570 (13), 1640 (5), 1650 (4), 1660 (4), 1680 (1)
  • ITALY: ≤1570 (29), 1580 (2), 1590 (2), 1600 (1), 1610 (3), 1620 (1), 1630 (2), 1650 (1), 1680 (1), 1690 (1)
  • PORTUGAL: ≤1570 (60), 1580 (14), 1590 (2), 1600 (6), 1620 (2), 1640 (9), 1650 (27), 1660 (2), 1670 (2)
  • SPAIN: 1580 (7), 1590 (66), 1600 (88), 1610 (127), 1620 (103), 1630 (88), 1640 (37), 1650 (67), 1660 (32), 1670 (34), 1680 (10), 1690 (9), ≥1700 (8)

LAST UPDATED: 20/8/2022