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    DescriptionTwo overlapping areas of English historical drama are examined in this study. The first is the large group of plays dramatising the lives of powerful people in the past of the English nation (native-subject drama), from the end of the fourteenth century to the end of the sixteenth, and the second is the select group of these plays produced in the 1580s, at the height of their flourishing. Griffin charts the development of historical drama from the Mass and Saint plays on Thomas Becket, through the Reformation and its legacy, to the later history plays, showing that the history play is neither Shakespeare's nor an Elizabethan invention, but has its roots in medieval drama. The use made by Shakespeare and Marlowe of the various types of historical drama - the sacrificial, the festive and the formless genealogical - is discussed, and the decline of the history play examined, reviewing and amending critical explanations of the extinction of the genre. Benjamin Griffin was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and Cambridge University.

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    Playing the Past
    Approaches to English Historical Drama, 1385-1600
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Benjamin Griffin
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    ISBN 13: 9780859916158
    ISBN 10: 0859916154

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    Cloth over boards
    Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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    D.S. Brewer
    Publication date
    01 August 2001
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    Dr BENJAMIN GRIFFIN was a post-graduate student at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
    Review quote
    The first extended critical treatment of the early modern history play form since Ribner (1957)... a valuable extension of the field and a tempting overview of the different directions taken in 17th-century historical drama. NOTES AND QUERIES
    Table of contents
    Prolegomena to the study of the history play; saint, sacrifice and reformation; the festive victories; "formlessness" and historical drama; history plays of the 1590s; "which oft our stage hath shown".