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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My gratitude is great also for the help I have received at the British Library, the British Museum, the Bodleian Library, the Library of Worcester College (Oxford), the Louis Round Wilson Library and the Walter Royal Davis Library at ...
... as Sidney's Arcadia and Barclay's Argenis but also to more obscure ones like Brathwaite's Royal Romance— which is a transparent version of events in England during the period of our concern. Analogous thinking is and was ubiquitous.
... Margaret Cavendish had one of her characters, Lady Sanspareile, endorse the old creed: “Kings and Royal Princes should do as Gods, which is to keep their Subjects in aw, with the Superstitious fear of Ceremonies” (Youths Glory, pt.
During these same years Charles also launched a series of proposals for replenishing the strained royal treasury. Edward Hyde, who for a while served as leader of the King's party in the Commons, looked back with a "After the so-called ...
In 1640, and most ostentatiously of all, Davenant's great masque called Salmacida Spolia conveyed the official royal image. Whatever “malicious Fury” (B1 r) might threaten, Davenant writes, the land will be guided by “a secret power ...
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