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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Histrio Mastix: The Players Scourge, or, Actors tragoedie
The first leaf is blank. In addition, his book was to be burned by the common pdynne, and he was expelled from his university, prohibited from practicing law, and mutilated by the severance of his ears.
Inthe antiquarian E. The text can be copied, modified, distributed and performed, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Explore this text with Voyant Tools this link takes you to the prnne. This page was last edited on 13 Aprilat This ponderous work by Puritan author William Prynne is essentially an extended argument against the perceived sins of the theater.
Histriomastix was especially severe on actors and actresses.
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. After reading this most tiresome book nearly half through, I am convinced that the punishment inflicted upon the author for writing it was entirely inadequate.
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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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 By William Prynne, an vtter-barrester of Lincolnes Inne.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Trial of Charles I. This blanket denunciation of Caroline culture was probably a factor in Charles’s decision to reissue James I’s Book of Sports a few months later.
Wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers arguments, by the concurring authorities and resolutions of sundry texts of Scripture 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.
Historiomastix strongly criticised parties, masquerade balls, country fairs, mixed dancing, feast days, wakes, sports, even hairstyles and colourful stained-glass windows. This anti-thespian tirade soon got William Prynne into trouble. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online ed. Its Puritan theology was in any case unwelcome to the civil authorities, led by Attorney General William Noy. In Prynne was hauled before the star chamber, charged with seditious libel against the queen and others and found guilty.
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.
Author Prynne, William, The New Jacobean Order. This Phase I text is available for reuse, according to the terms of Creative Commons 0 1.
The Execution of Charles I. O xford T ext A rchive: Histrioastix the publishing history of the work is not absolutely clear, Histriomastix was published late in by the bookseller Michael Sparke. Stage-Plays are thus odious, unseemly, pernicious, and unlawful unto Christians in the precedent respects [they were invented prynnd idolatrous pagans and infidels for idolatrous worship] so likewise are they in regard of their ordinary style, and subject matter; which prynnr Christian can or dares to patronize: And dare we men, we Christians yet applaud it?
Prynne’s book was not by any means the first such attack on the stage,  though it certainly was the longest. For the play by John Marston, see Histriomastix play. Prynne was imprisoned in but not tried untilat which time he had to appear before the Star Chamber on a charge of seditious libel.
The Parable of the Tares, Matthew One of the most Puritan of the Puritans, Prynne was not afraid to take aim at popular conventions, culture or leaders. Histrimastix note continues, explaining what happened to Prynne after he published the Histriomastix:. For over 1, pages, the work viciously rails against the immorality of acting, dancing, and other such pursuits.