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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... Henry Edmundson believed that “the feeding of mens mindes with . . . Play-books ... (if there be no other imiquity in them) is apt to make men unapt for the duties of life” (azr). Conversely, while he was in London between January and ...
... Henry Marsh in Chancery Lane, and Kirkman himself “at the John Fletchers Head.” Any suspicion we might have that this trade in plays was fueled in part by personal zest, moreover, is supported by Kirkman's words that same year in what ...
... Henry Burnell's Landgartha (1640) warrants a somewhat closer look here. Acted at the St. Werburgh Street Theatre in Dublin and printed in that city in 1641, Landgartha brings to the fore Charles's current and very real troubles in ...
... Henry Herbert was serving as Master of the Revels. He had purchased the post in July 1623, back in the time of James, and from the beginning of Charles's reign in March 1625 there was wrangling about drama. A Shorte Treatise against ...
... Henry Rich, first Earl of Holland. In the 1620s Holland had been engaged to negotiate the marriage of Charles and Henrietta Maria, but in 1642 he joined Parliament's side. In 1643 he returned to Charles's side, and on 9 March 1649 ...
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