By Gerald MacLean
Tradition and Society within the Stuart recovery indicates how the recovery produced the idea that of a countrywide literature an important to a brand new nationalist cultural company: questions of nationwide id and distinction, of what it intended to be English or British or either, got here to be framed by way of foreign exchange and imperial ambition; and spiritual and royal authority gave manner earlier than the development of an earthly literary tradition geared to the calls for of a constructing advertisement and imperial state.
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See M a g u i r e , Regicide and Restoration, p p . 8 3 - 1 0 1 . " T h e masque, with all its facile magical solutions to all problems, a n d the panegyrics to royalty which accompanied the divine right of kings, could no more survive the 1640s t h a n could t r a g e d y , " writes Hill in Change and Novelty, p . 234. " Such was the authority of dramatic literature in the years following the Restoration that playwrights used adaptations of earlier plays to analyze current events. In the historical installation of a national literature, Shakespeare provided Crowne with a safe position from which he could loyally criticize royal persons and policies.
H. l6 GERALD MACLEAN instructs him to make (and May's accomplished cook is unquestionably male) is designed to be wasted. " Since May doesn't specify who, if anyone, is permitted or likely to drink the claret, we might presume that, like the sacrificial blood of royal stags and martyrs, it too must be seen to be wasted. "This being done," May continues, "with admiration to the beholders, after some short pawse, fire the traine of the Castle ... " Once the ship and castle have been turned around and all the cannons have been fired, other elements of the festivity come rapidly into play, not so much recalling the formal Court entertainments of Charles I and Henrietta Maria as anticipating the pleasure-seeking values and attitudes of the Restoration Court: This done, to sweeten the stinck of the powder, the Ladies take the egg shells full of sweet waters and throw them at each other.
Literature, culture, and society 23 continued to do so in the partisan disputes which followed the Restoration. 46 The chapters in this book identify and examine different ways in which various literary forms and genres were employed during the decades following the Stuart Restoration to establish a claim upon the national identity. The relicensing of the public theaters in London after 1660 was a signal event in the literary culture of the nation. The politics of drama in Restoration London, however, extend beyond the theaters onto the streets, as John Montafio recalls in his detailed examination of the scripts by John Ogilby, John Tatham, and Thomas Jordan used for public ceremonies such as the coronation and the Lord Mayor's Shows of the 1670s.