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By Susan Wiseman

In 1642 an ordinance closed the theatres of britain. Critics and historians have assumed that the edict used to be to be enterprise and inviolate. Susan Wiseman demanding situations this assumption and argues that the interval 1640 to 1660 was once no longer a niche within the creation and function of drama nor a clean area among 'Renaissance drama' and the 'Restoration stage'. fairly, through the interval, writers concentrated as an alternative on a number of dramas with political views, from republican to royalist. This team integrated the quick pamphlet dramas of the 1640s and the texts produced by way of the writers of the 1650s, reminiscent of William Davenant, Margaret Cavendish and James Shirley. In analysing the various types of dramatic construction of the 1640s and 1650s, Wiseman finds the political and conventional range produced by way of the alterations in dramatic creation, and gives insights into the theatre of the Civil War.

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