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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... (see figure 2). *The single most potent fore-and-aft studies of the drama are those by Martin Butler (on the years 1632–42) and Robert Hume (on Restoration drama). Figure 2. A medal struck in 1633 depicting Charles I 2. The Sun Declining.
... 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 History of England to the ...
... a later telling of an incident elsewhere reported—also with suspect detail—in May 1639 (Jacobean and Caroline Stage 1:278 and 5:1235). themselves to an ecclesiastical court worried about being depicted onstage, 22 W I N T E R F R U I T.
... depicted onstage, and how the actors then proceeded to use their playing skills yet again to comment on a related matter. The players, we are told, had chosen to revive a new old Play, called The Cardinal/s conspira/c/ie, whom they ...
... depiction of “Woodstreet-Compter,” said to have had an extraordinary run of nineteen consecutive days at the Red Bull; Shackerley Marmion's The Antiquary (1641), acted at the Cockpit, set in Pisa, and poking fun at a rich old man with ...
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