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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... Henrietta Maria performed, was a factor in the now-famous clipping of Prynne's ears. No harm will be done if we leave ourselves room to ponder the possibility of universal implications in all these varied plays, but we are nevertheless ...
... Henrietta Maria at Salisbury Court and later published in Cromwell's time (1656), one comes across a list purporting to be an “Alphebeticall Catalogue of all such Plays that were ever printed.” Compiled and printed for Richard Rogers ...
... Henrietta Maria only after weathering several stormy years in the 1620s, and having dismissed a troublesome Parliament in 1629, Charles, at least for a while in the 1630s, was able to enjoy what was to be the best period of his life ...
... Henrietta Maria was pregnant again was for some reason thought to enhance the occasion [Bentley, Jacobeam and Caroline Stage 3:214).) Some serious questions are implicit in the narratives that undergird all this laudation. As Davenant ...
... Henrietta Maria, but in 1642 he joined Parliament's side. In 1643 he returned to Charles's side, and on 9 March 1649, despite the efforts of Fairfax on his behalf, he was beheaded. Holland House then passed into the hands of his son ...
12 Fruits of Seasons Gone
15 The Cavendish Phenomenon
17 The Rising Sun
9 Mungrell Masques and Their Kin
10 The Persistence of Pastoral
11 The Craft of Translation