Winter Fruit: English Drama, 1642-1660
University Press of Kentucky, 2014 M10 17 - 472 pages
Probably the most blighted period in the history of English drama was the time of the Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate. With the theaters closed, the country at war, the throne in fatal decline, and the powers of Parliament and Cromwell growing greater, the received wisdom has been that drama in England largely withered and died.
Throughout the official hiatus in playing, he shows, dramas continued to be composed, translated, transmuted, published, bought, read, and even covertly acted. Furthermore, the tendency of drama to become interestingly topical and political grew more pronounced.
In illuminating one of the least understood periods in English literary history, Randall's study not only encompasses a large amount of dramatic and historical material but also takes into account much of the scholarship published in recent decades. Winter Fruit is a major interpretive work in literary and social history.
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Passage from an untitled tragedy by James Compton Title page of a pamphlet on roundheads and royalists Thomas Killigrew (1612-83) Title page of a pamphlet on Ranters Major General John Lambert on a playing card The “Rump” being roasted ...
*James Compton, third Earl of Northampton, likewise seems to have designed a play giving dramatic form to Strafford's story. For a brief discussion of this manuscript fragment, see chapter 13. cause to be in love with good counsel and ...
And probably some, especially when great property holdings were at stake, took care to have relatives represented on both sides, so the family might have powerful friends no matter which side prevailed (William Compton 99).
In Compton's Bassianus we find Bassianus claiming that “Some rudiments I haue of arts & arms / but nere could frame my tongue to compliments” (23v). In Love in Travel/(1655) Manuche presents. 72 W I N T E R F R U i T.
Priests of both Mars and Hymen pass over the stage together in Compton's Leontius (ca. 1649), where we are presented with the rhetorical question, “When Mars and Hymen both agree / Who then can doubt of Victory” (4r-v).
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