Bumby, Mother

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John Lyly (c. 1554—1606) writer and playwright

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A fortune‐teller frequently alluded to by the Elizabethan dramatists. Lyly wrote a Terentian comedy entitled Mother Bombie (1594), which is, says Hazlitt, ‘very much what its name would import, old, quaint, and vulgar’.

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