Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England

Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 17, Annual

A Jacobean Ghost, and Other Stories
ONE of the most unusual events of the Jacobean court must have been the performance, in April or May of 1621, of an entertainment called The History of Abraham, shown in the presence of King James. What may have led, in a year that saw the mounting...
"A Jointure More or Less": Re-Measuring the True Chronicle History of King Leir and His Three Daughters
SINCE 1608, The True Chronicle History of King Leir and his three daughters has drawn attention from scholars and critics only as a slightly defective touchstone by which to measure the true value of Shakespeare's King Lear, which appears to have used...
A School for Girls in Windsor
By James I's reign, as the nobility, gentry, and well-to-do middle classes increasingly felt the need to educate their daughters in certain accomplishments of polite society, one begins to find references to schools established for this purpose, particularly...
Desdemona, Woman Warrior: "O, These Men, These Men!" (4.3.59)
Unkindness may do much, And his unkindness may defeat my life But never taint my love. (4.2.161-63) OTHELLO is a tragedy that continually surprises us. Not only did Shakespeare make...
Dulwich MS. XX, the Telltale: Clues to Provenance
THE papers of Edward Alleyn at his College of God's Gift at Dulwich have long provided valued information for researchers into the workings of Elizabethan theatrical companies and their stagings. Chief among them is Philip Henslowe's "Diary," much...
Henslowe's "Curious" Diary
THE text that has become known to readers as Henslowe's "diary" retains a central place in the realm of material evidence by which theater historians reconstruct the Elizabethan theater. However, its centrality to this endeavor is concurrently undermined...
J. Leeds Barroll III: A Tribute
YOU never can tell what the future holds. When I embarked on a two-semester seminar in Shakespeare thirty-five years ago, I expected a major extension of my graduate study but not an encounter with a legendary figure. In 1968, though J. Leeds Barroll...
Leeds Barroll as Colleague and Teacher
MY landlady in Baltimore is a UMBC graduate in English. A returning student, she finished her degree a few years before I arrived at the university in 1993. Recently we were discussing her experiences at UMBC and ended up talking about the faculty....
Leeds Barroll, Scholar-in-Residence
THE Folger Shakespeare Library is a small universe, but it is inhabited by the best in the business of teaching and humanities scholarship in the early modern period. It's a subset of the academic world, a microcosm of research activity that occurs...
Performance and Text: King Lear
PERFORMANCE criticism of Shakespeare's plays has been haunted by two anxieties in particular. One is theoretical, and, as formulated by W. B. Worthen, concerns "the legislative power of the authorial work." (1) He is troubled by criticism that uses...
Propeller's Staging of Rose Rage
UNLIKE other English companies that have presented adaptations of the three parts of Henry VI, Propeller, founded in 1997 at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, might best be described as a co-operative. Its twelve male actors, director Edward Hall, designer...
Recovering a Black African's Voice in an English Lawsuit: Jacques Francis and the Salvage Operations of the Mary Rose and the Sancta Maria and Sanctus Edwardus, 1545-Ca 1550
THE encounters between the English and the black Africans or Moors in Tudor England have remained an ill-mined territory despite a rich crop of Africanist studies released in the last three decades. The prevailing view that the uneven encounters set...
Royal Carnality and Illicit Desire in the English History Plays of the 1590s
I IN a famous passage defending native plays, Thomas Nashe praises dramas "borrowed out of our English Chronicles" such as The Famous Victories of Henry V and 1 Henry VI (glorifying Talbot) that confer "immortalitie" upon the nation's heroes and...
Samuel Daniel's Gifts of Books to Lord Chancellor Egerton
THIS is an article about twelve rare books. Eleven of these books are in the Huntington Library in California and one of them is in the Beinecke Library at Yale. (1) The books, containing poems, plays, and histories written by the poet Samuel Daniel...
Shakespeare and the Chamberlain's Men in 1598
LEEDS Barroll has shown the benefits that can flow from thinking, exactly and in detail, about the individual years of Shakespeare's career. The early chapters of Politics, Plague, and Shakespeare's Theater are a close reading of Shakespeare and the...
The Theatrical and Other Misdeeds of William Appowell, Priest
IN November 1584, the Diocese of Bath and Wells accused the vicar of Marston Magna of misdeeds the most serious of which had to do with a puppet show. Marston Magna is a village in Somerset, and the vicar there since 1572 was William Appowell, who...
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