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

By Adrian Streete

This publication examines the various 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 spiritual bigotry, neither is it in basic terms deployed at moments of political situation. particularly, it truly is an adaptable and versatile language with nationwide and foreign implications. It bargains a degree of solidarity and order in a unstable century. through rethinking the connection among theatre, theology and polemic, Streete indicates how playwrights exploited those connections for a various variety of political ends. Chapters specialise in playwrights like Marston, Middleton, Massinger, Shirley, Dryden and Lee, and on a variety of themes together with imperialism, cause of nation, 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 non secular principles are debated within the early sleek theatre.

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