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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... King John I & II (1538 and ca. 1558), Udall's Respublica (1553), and Norton and Sackville's Gorboduc (1562). Like writers of other times and places, in other words, early modern English dramatists were from the beginning alert to the ...
... king, state, or religion, in so great absurdity and with such liberty that any would be afraid to hear them” (Richard Simpson 375). Whether comic or otherwise, the topical allusions so acknowledged were largely a form of political ...
... King,” Ludlow writes, “Commissioners were also sent to him by the Parliament with offers of a personal treaty, on condition that the King in testimony of his future sincerity, would grant the four preliminary bills formerly mentioned ...
... King does the city.” (From Pinkerton, The Medallic History of England to the Revolution .) One did not need to be of ... King's party and us being, as I apprehended, whether the King should *Taylor provides a number of interesting ...
... king in Christendom.” During this period he enlisted William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the cause of ... King's army was defeated in about a week. 7Cited in Sharpe's Personal Rule from a letter that Charles wrote to his ...
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