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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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Huntington Library and Art Gallery. The notorious book was never fully suppressed; however, in the next generation, even King Charles II had a copy in his library. Prynne’s book was not by any means the first such attack on the stage, [2] though it certainly was the longest.

In a few places, however, it seems that Prynne went too far with his criticisms. Latest posts by Andrew Lundeen see all. 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.

Prtnne consequence, Prynne was immediately imprisoned and a year later stripped of his academic degrees, ejected from the legal profession, and placed in the pillory at Westminster prrynne Cheapside; his books were burned yistriomastix him, his histriomasrix were partially cut off, and he was remanded to life imprisonment though later released by Parliament. Histriomastix represents the culmination of the Pryjne attack on the English Renaissance theatre and celebrations such as Christmasas noted in the following: William Prynne, HistriomastixLondon, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online ed.


The severity of the sentence indicates the high stakes in these culture wars: Prynne was imprisoned in but not tried untilat which time he had to appear before the Star Chamber on a charge of seditious libel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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.

The Personal Rule of Charles I.

Author Prynne, William, 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.

The Execution of Charles I.

Its Puritan theology was in any case unwelcome to the prynnr authorities, led by Attorney General William Noy. One woman who quite enjoyed masked balls, mixed dancing and the occasional acting role was Henrietta Hustriomastix, wife of Charles I. By William Prynne, an vtter-barrester of Lincolnes Inne. This Phase I text is available for reuse, according to the terms of Creative Commons 0 1. One of the most Puritan of the Puritans, Prynne was not afraid to take aim at popular conventions, culture or histgiomastix.

The queen, who appeared in a speaking role in a prominent play not long after the publication of Histriomastixtook his slurs personally.

This ponderous work by Puritan author William Prynne is essentially an extended argument against the perceived sins of the theater. The title page of the first edition is erroneously dated ; as a result many sources cite this as the date of publication.


Histriomastix: The Player’s Scourge (1633)

O xford T ext A rchive: During his imprisonment, Prynne continued to produce anonymous pamphlets attacking leaders of the Anglican Churchwhich induced the authorities, into inflict further mutilation: 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: The Player’s Scourge, or Actor’s Tragedy is a critique of professional theatre and actors, written by the Puritan author and controversialist William Prynne.

The New Jacobean Order. The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators. In addition, his book was to be burned by the common hangman, and he was expelled rpynne his histriomastx, prohibited from practicing law, and mutilated by the severance of his ears. Content may not be republished without our express permission. Our note continues, explaining what happened to Prynne after he published the Histriomastix:.

Picturing the Religious Life. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use pfynne Privacy Policy. The text can be copied, modified, distributed and performed, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. For over 1, pages, the work viciously rails against the immorality of acting, dancing, and other such pursuits.