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.
... Rebellion. (On the other hand, we are likely to forget that Richard II was also put on—and silenced—in the later 1670s, when once again the problem of succession became critical.) Well known also is the staging of Middleton's Game at ...
... rebellion in Ireland.” Burnell's Landgartha, however, is not set in Ireland. Instead, Burnell turns back to Scandinavian lore for his subject (Saxo Grammaticus, bk. 9) and claims to offer Landgartha, a Norwegian, as a pattern for ladies ...
... Rebellion (1640). Despite its arresting title, this work proves to be a free-ranging and inept gallimaufry by a young goldsmith who went on to the more practical job of being chief engraver to the Mint under both Charleses. (It is ...
... rebellion, and such like; and in comedies is bauderie, cosenage, and meere knaverie” (11). The most conspicuous proponent of such views was William Prynne, whose thousand-page Histrio-mastix, made available to the public in 1633, was ...
... rebellion” (Fall 450). Equally interesting is Russell's observation that “It is so well established in English folk memory that the charge against the Five Members was a political disaster, and the belief contains so much truth, that it ...
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