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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In short, Laud's S and L should help to prepare us for the possibility of literary alternatives. Given our different orientations, it is obvious that we are all bound to create different alternatives, different patterns of ...
During this period he enlisted William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the cause of strengthening religion by means of making everyone embrace the same form of it. Albert Tricomi puts the matter thus: “Perceiving the instability that ...
Laud, a key figure in the anecdote, had been imprisoned since 18 December 1640. Combing through records of cases heard by the Court of High Commission in 1640 through 7 December yields a handful of references to the Fortune, ...
And when they were questioned for it, in the High Commission Court, they pleaded Ignorance, and told the Archbishop [Laud) that they tooke those examples of their Altars, Images, and the like, from Heathem Authors.
(The elaborate old market cross was demolished in 1643, presumably, in Laud's wry words, “to cleanse that great Street of Superstition” .) On the other hand, The Guardian still conveys a sense of the city going about its social ...
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