Apocalypse and Anti-Catholicism in Seventeenth-Century by Adrian Streete

By Adrian Streete

This e-book examines the numerous and sundry makes use of of apocalyptic and anti-Catholic language in seventeenth-century English drama. Adrian Streete argues that this rhetoric isn't really easily an expression of non secular bigotry, neither is it merely deployed at moments of political hindrance. quite, it's an adaptable and versatile language with nationwide and foreign implications. It bargains a degree of team spirit and order in a risky century. via rethinking the connection among theatre, theology and polemic, Streete indicates how playwrights exploited those connections for a various diversity of political ends. Chapters specialise in playwrights like Marston, Middleton, Massinger, Shirley, Dryden and Lee, and on quite a number themes together with imperialism, cause of kingdom, trade, prostitution, resistance, prophecy, church reform and liberty. Drawing on vital contemporary paintings in non secular and political background, this can be a significant re-interpretation of ways and why spiritual rules are debated within the early glossy theatre.

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