Academic journal article Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

Foreword

Academic journal article Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

Foreword

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Leeds Barroll founded Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England twenty years ago. One of his aims was to publish a journal with enough space for everyone interested in the drama to have their say. Theatre historians would have a place as well as textual scholars, social historians, and students of plays in performance, early and modern. Texts of documents would be as welcome in MaRDiE as studies of the political foundations (or agenda) of this or that play.

It is now a proper time to thank Leeds for giving us MaRDiE and to thank him too for his many contributions to the study of Shakespeare, the drama, and royal and aristocratic patronage in early modern England. The contributors in this volume wish to honor Leeds with what they have discovered in the archives (a black African in an English lawsuit, a school for girls in Windsor, the provenance of the Telltale) or found out about individual lives and circumstances (the little-known "William Appowell, Priest" as well as Henslowe, Daniel, Lord Chancellor Egerton, and King James's taste in tapestries). The special interest Leeds has had in Shakespeare is reflected in this volume too, with studies of King Lear as well as its progenitor King Leir, of Desdemona' s courage, and of Shakespeare' s personal dealings with the Chamberlain's Men in 1598. The study of the English history play at the end of the sixteenth century is complemented by an account of the Rose Rage productions of Shakespeare's histories at the end of the twentieth century.

JOHN PITCHER

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