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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... England's throne and the pride of its people almost certainly served later to broaden the gap between Charles and his people. In particular and with the benefit of hindsight, the lavish Caroline masques of the 1630s may be viewed as ...
... England, Charles and Archbishop Laud undertook to revivify Anglicanism by shifting the emphasis from divisive pulpit sermons to ritual and ceremony” (168). Laud, a hard-working, methodical, self-disciplined man, later said of himself ...
... England's royalty are manifest also in John Sadler's lesser-known Masquarade du Ciel (also of 1640), a strange sort of closet show that presents Charles and Henrietta Maria as Phoebus and Phebe, the sun and moon, light and life of the ...
... England in 1639 to help resolve the complex Scottish situation, Wentworth was created first Earl of Strafford in 1640. Matters shortly afterward came to such a pass that he was accused of raising Irish troops to invade England on ...
... (England), then betrayed when he takes up with another woman (Scotland). When Reyner comes under attack in his own land, he turns to the abused Landgartha for aid—as Charles turned to Ireland at just about the time the play was composed ...
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