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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... Eyes; and all Europe over, Plays have been represented with great applause, in a Tongue unknown, and sometimes without any Language at all” (4). reading audience of The Famous Tragedie of King Charles I IO W H N T E R F R U I T.
... King Charles I (1649) was reminded that Though Johnson, Shakespeare, Goffe, and Devenant, Brave Sucélim, Beaumont, Fletcher, Shurley want The life of action, and their learned lines Are loathed, by the Monsters of the times; Yet your ...
... King Charles's final days because he thought Pamela's prayer there provided rhetoric suitable for addressing his own God, but a lesser-known and slightly earlier bit of historico-literary flotsam is even more relevant here: in December ...
... King Charles, for the first Sunday in Epiphany, 1638, requested a masque (Davenant's Britannia Triumphans) “for his own praise, upon that day, which by Divine Institution was set apart for the praise of our Redeemer” (13–14, 25). And ...
... Charles I (obverse) and the sun over London (reverse). The motto on the latter may be translated “The sun returning illuminates the world; so the King ... Charles after his 1647 flight to Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, reported that ...
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