When in his Palladis Tanda of 1598 (sig. Oo 3v) Francis Meres enumerated those English playwrights whom he held to be “our best for tragedy” and “our best for comedy,” he produced the following list for the latter category: “Edward Earl of Oxford, Dr. Gager of Oxford, Master Rowley…Master Edwards, one of her Majesty’s chapel; eloquent and witty John Lily; Lodge, Gascoigne, Greene, Shake-speare, Thomas Nash, Thomas Heywood, Anthony Munday, our best plotter, Chapman, Porter, Wilson, Hathway, and Henry Chettle.”