Writing the Reformation: Actes and Monuments and the Jacobean History Play Marsha S. Robinson

ISBN: 9780754606147

Published: October 1st 2002

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192 pages


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Writing the Reformation: Actes and Monuments and the Jacobean History Play  by  Marsha S. Robinson

Writing the Reformation: Actes and Monuments and the Jacobean History Play by Marsha S. Robinson
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In this study, Marsha Robinson presents the most thorough examination to date of a largely neglected group of plays dealing with the lives and times of Tudor figures-the Jacobean history plays. She argues that, rather than being a nostalgic nod toMoreIn this study, Marsha Robinson presents the most thorough examination to date of a largely neglected group of plays dealing with the lives and times of Tudor figures-the Jacobean history plays. She argues that, rather than being a nostalgic nod to the past, the vitality of the English Renaissance history play lays in its rehearsal of contemporary issues.

Giving serious and detailed attention to the importance to these works in Tudor and post-Tudor politics and culture, she writes an important chapter in both the history of the drama and in its relationship to Tudor thought.Writing the Reformation invests the post-Shakespearean history plays of the Jacobean era-including among others Shakespeares Henry VIII (1613), Dekkers The Whore of Babylon (1606), and Heywoods If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody (1604-5)-with new significance by recognizing the role they played in popularizing and re-appropriating Foxes Book of Martyrs, one of the most formative and culturally significant Reformation texts.

Designed to reform the present by presenting the Tudor past as the prologue to apocalyptic fulfillment, these history plays participate with Foxe in the reformation of historiography, investing Reformation history with the tragicomic form indigenous to redemptive history.

This book reveals that the post-Reformation stage became a platform for modeling Foxes new hero, a hero transformed by the imperatives of conscience. It explores the representation of apocalyptic history as coincident with the emergence of female and plebeian voices invested with a new spiritual power.This study presents the historical stage as a site of a continuing Reformation debate over the nature of political authority, the validity of conscience and the challenge to social and gender hierarchies implicit in Protestant doctrine.

Relating each play to contemporary political events, this book demonstrates the role of the Jacobean stage in promoting reformation and informing with providential meaning the events unfolding outside the theater.



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