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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It is valuable to recall, therefore, that for many years before the 1642 proclamation, Renaissance drama in England had been monitored and sometimes suppressed by the Bishop of London, the Privy Council, the Lord Treasurer, ...
Mr. william Prynne, for writing a booke agains, Stege-players called Histrio—onastix was £irst ceasured in the Starr-chamber ko too : se both his eares in the pillorie. fined soooo & per petuall imprisonment in the Towre of London After ...
Conversely, while he was in London between January and November 1653, Sir Daniel Fleming of Skirwith bought no fewer than seven playbooks (Rollins, “Commonwealth Drama”58). At different stages of his life the pious Nicholas Ferrar ...
A medal struck in 1633 depicting 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 does the city.” (From Pinkerton, The Medallic ...
The dramatic bill of fare was further varied on the other main stages operating in London during the 1630s.” At the opposite end of the social scale from Whitehall was the huge and raucous Red Bull. In 1640 John Tatham described the ...
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