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William Prynne (). Histrio-mastix. The players scourge, or, actors tragædie, divided into two parts. Wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers arguments. Vol. 6. The Drama to , Part Two. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. – Histrio-mastix The players scourge, or, actors tragædie, divided into two parts. Wherein it is largely By William Prynne, an vtter-barrester of Lincolnes Inne.

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Histriomastix: The Player’s Scourge (1633)

John Milton, Samson Agonistes. The handwritten note goes on to offer up this criticism:.

Its Puritan theology was in any case unwelcome to the civil authorities, led by Attorney General William Noy. Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I, was quite a patroness of the arts, and had herself recently performed in a pastoral masque play when Histriomastix was published. Content may not be republished without our express permission. Inthe antiquarian E. William Prynne, from Histrio-Mastix: The title page of the first edition is erroneously dated ; as a result many sources cite this as the date of publication.

The Parable of the Tares, Matthew Inigo Jones and Costumes of the Masques. This keyboarded and encoded edition of the work described above is co-owned by the institutions providing financial support to the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership.

As for actors of the opposite gender, Prynne offered a simple but biting four-word assessment:. The Personal Rule of Charles I. Apparently, Prynne was punished largely because of his comments on female prynn actors. Amorous, mixed, effeminate, lascivious, lust-exciting dancing, be it of men, or women, on the stage or elsewhere [is] a dangerous incendiary of lust; an ordinary occasion of, a preparative to much whoredom, adultery, wantonness, and such effeminate lewdness: Prynne was released from prison during the Long Parliament.

O xford T ext A rchive: Gent dies after looking down a loaded longbow. Hisriomastix reading this most tiresome book nearly half through, I am convinced that histriomaztix punishment inflicted upon the author for writing it was entirely inadequate.

The Player’s Scourge; or, Actor’s Tragedy In this passionate tirade of over one thousand pages larded with authorities in text and margins — classical philosophers, church fathers, Protestant theologians — Prynne denounced stage plays, cross-dressed male actors, court masques, mixed dancing in masques and everywhere else, maypoles, wakes and other rural festivals, country sports on the sabbath, Laudian ritual, stained-glass windows and much more, staking out the most extreme Puritan position on traditional recreations at court and in the countryside.

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In this passionate tirade of over one thousand pages larded with authorities in text and margins — classical philosophers, church fathers, Protestant theologians — Prynne denounced stage plays, cross-dressed male actors, court masques, mixed dancing in masques and everywhere else, maypoles, wakes and other rural festivals, country sports on the sabbath, Laudian ritual, stained-glass windows and much more, staking out the most extreme Puritan position on traditional recreations at court and in the countryside.

Picturing the Religious Life. Latest posts by Andrew Lundeen see histtiomastix. Some of the remarks, especially about “women actors, notorious whores” and “scurrilous amorous pastorals,” were thought to refer directly to the queen, who produced as well as acted in several masques and pastorals. In Prynne was hauled before the star chamber, charged with seditious libel against the queen and others histriomastixx found guilty.

This blanket denunciation of Caroline culture was probably a factor in Charles’s prynnr to reissue James I’s Book of Sports a few months later.

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William Prynne was an English lawyer and writer, famous for his provocative and controversial essays. The notorious book was never fully suppressed; however, in the next generation, even King Charles II had a copy in his library.

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Running to over a thousand pages, and with a main title of 43 lines, Histriomastix marshals a multitude of ancient and medieval authorities against the “sin” of dramatic performance. The book condemns most aspects of dramatic performance in its era, from the practice of boy actors representing women to the “obscene lascivious love songs, most melodiously chanted out upon the stage And that the Prosession of Play-poets, of Stage-playes, are unlawfull, infamous and misbeseeming Christians.

While the publishing history of the work is not absolutely clear, Histriomastix was published late in by the bookseller Michael Sparke. It had been in preparation by its author for almost ten years before its printing. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Our note continues, explaining what happened to Prynne after he published the Histriomastix:. The Player’s Scourge; or, Actor’s Tragedy. The Execution of Charles I. Prynne’s book was not by any means the first such attack on the stage, [2] though it certainly was the longest.

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Views Read Edit View history. It hath been always reputed dishonorable, shameful, infamous, for Emperors, Kings, or Princes to come upon a theater to dance, to masque, or act a part in any public or private Interludes, to delight themselves or others.

The queen, who appeared in a speaking role in a prominent play not long after the publication of Histriomastixtook his slurs personally. One of the most Puritan of the Puritans, Prynne was not afraid to take aim at popular conventions, culture or leaders.

The New Jacobean Order. Stage-Plays are thus odious, unseemly, pernicious, and unlawful unto Christians in the precedent respects [they were invented by idolatrous pagans and infidels for idolatrous worship] so likewise are they in regard of their ordinary style, and subject matter; which no Christian can or dares to patronize: During his imprisonment, Prynne continued to produce anonymous pamphlets attacking leaders of the Anglican Churchwhich induced the authorities, into inflict further mutilation: What wantonness, what effeminacy parallel to that which our men-women actors, in all their feminine, yea, sometimes in their masculine parts express upon the theater?

One of his earliest and best known works was Histriomastixa attack on just about anything considered fun. At Prynne’s trial, some fifty separate and allegedly seditious excerpts from the book were quoted; but the one that has attracted most attention from subsequent critics is Prynne’s attack on women actors as “notorious whores.

That popular Stage-playes the very Pompes of the Divell which we renounce in Baptisme, if we beleeve the Fathers are sinfull, heathenish, lewde, ungodly Spectacles, and most pernicious Corruptions; condemned in all ages, as intolerable Mischiefes to Churches, to Republickes, to the manners, mindes, and soules of men.