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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... Queen in Coelum Britannicum that “Mortality cannot with more / Religious zeale, the gods adore” (183). Even in 1640, when unease was spreading throughout the kingdom, Edmund Waller virtually prayed to the Queen: “Great Goddess give this ...
... Queen Elizabeth as the goddess Diana, “Queen and huntress, chaste and fair.” When James VI of Scotland came to the English throne in 1603, reinforcing his position with reminders that kings are like gods on earth, there was little ...
... Queen of Bohemia, also an exile, wrote to her exiled nephew Charles that “wee now haue gotten a new diuertissment of ... Queen of Sweden had recently been brought to bed of a boy. Charles XI, the only son of Charles X and his Queen, was ...
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