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, the Court of ...
To the west, at Knowsley, for the pleasure of James Stanley, Lord Strange (later Earl of Derby), Sir Thomas Salusbury in 1641 wrote another Twelfth Night masque that took as its theme the merry death of Father Christmas, followed by the ...
In 1632 Charles had sent his friend Thomas Wentworth to Ireland as Lord Deputy. Whatever Wentworth's virtues by way of honesty, hard work, and self-discipline, he is said to have ruled there almost like a king, eventually becoming ...
Furthermore, the stakes of the game were raised for all its partici*Having served previously as Sheriff of London (1637–38) and Lord Mayor (1644–45), Thomas Atkins was an alderman at the time of the publication of this broadside (22 ...
A mere glance at the journal of the House of Lords for 2 September confirms the dangerous context of the moment. The “Order for Stage-plays to Cease” is immediately preceded by an “Order for 2000 1. for Lord Kerry to raise Men for ...
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