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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... Dancing” (Fancy's Festivals A2r-v). Richard Flecknoe warned of his Erminia (1661), “It will want much of the grace and ornament of the Stage, but though there it be better seen, yet here 'tis better understood; mean while, a lively ...
... dancing at Whitehall in silver and blue. In 1640 nearly anyone could see clearly enough and even say in a masque that “tis his fate, to rule in adverse times” (C1r). Within this same masque, on the other hand, coming to Charles as a ...
... dance. Down in Derbyshire at the seat of Philip Stanhope, first Earl of Chesterfield, Sir Aston Cokayne's 1640 Twelfth Night Masque Presented at Brethie (printed in 1658) had a pleasant air of structured informality (its prologue was ...
... dance, or see a Comedy, or go to the Exchange i'the afternoon” (C2r). - Killigrew's Parsons Wedding is cut from a similar bolt but in its earliest surviving form (1663) claims a wider range of moral acceptability.” The names tell much ...
... dance jigs as traditionally followed the performance of real plays.” Here it is performed by the jester from act IV and a paritor (that is, a summoning officer of an ecclesiastical court). - In reading this pamphlet demi-drama on Laud ...
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