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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... Court of High Commission, the Lord Chamberlain, the Master of the Revels, and even the monarch.” As such a state of affairs implies, the topical infringement of drama on life reaches back to the beginnings of early modern English ...
... Court but that” (Aii, r). It was clear to Thomas Bowes, the translator of a 1594 edition of La Primaudaye's Academie françoise, that the players “dare to gird at the greatest personages of all estates” (b.4v). In 1605 George Calvert ...
... Court and later published in Cromwell's time (1656), one comes across a list purporting to be an “Alphebeticall Catalogue of all such Plays that were ever printed.” Compiled and printed for Richard Rogers and William Ley, this ...
... Court; And now me thinks his presence guilds the walls. —William Strode, The Floating Island (1636) ... the mortall Sunne from whom we Brittanes receive our safest warmth. —Five Most Noble Speeches Spoken to His Majestie (1641) Ye'have ...
... court and cavalier are of limited use unless we keep in mind that, as Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, observed later, “the court was full of faction and animosity” (1:187). John Suckling included in his play Brennoralt (1639–41; printed ...
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