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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The text can be copied, modified, hidtriomastix and performed, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online ed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This ponderous work by Puritan author William Prynne is essentially an extended argument against the perceived sins of the theater.

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. Histriomastix was especially severe on actors and actresses. During his imprisonment, Prynne continued to produce anonymous pamphlets attacking leaders histriomastic the Anglican Churchwhich induced the authorities, into inflict further mutilation: Picturing the Religious Life.

And that the Prosession of Play-poets, of Stage-playes, are unlawfull, infamous and misbeseeming Christians. John Milton, Samson Agonistes. Apparently, ;rynne was punished largely because of his comments on female stage actors.

1633: Women actors are “notorious whores”, writes Prynne

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: What wantonness, what effeminacy parallel to that which our men-women actors, in all their feminine, yea, sometimes in their masculine parts express upon the theater?


William Prynne was an English lawyer and writer, famous for his provocative and controversial essays.

University of O xford T ext A rchive. Author Prynne, William, One of his earliest and best known works was Histriomastixa attack on just about anything considered fun.

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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 hisrtiomastix. For over 1, pages, the work viciously rails against the immorality of acting, dancing, and other such pursuits.

The notorious book was never fully suppressed; however, histriomstix the next generation, even King Charles II had a copy in his library. Subscription or UK public library membership required. The first leaf is blank. Stage-Plays are thus odious, unseemly, pernicious, and unlawful unto Christians in the precedent respects [they were invented by idolatrous pagans and infidels for idolatrous worship] so likewise are they in regard of their ordinary style, and subject matter; which no Christian can or dares to patronize: 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 Even the full title of the book is joyless and long:.

But much of this particular hixtriomastix is a condemnation of theatrical performances and those responsible for them. After reading this most tiresome book nearly half through, I am convinced that histriomasfix punishment inflicted upon the author for writing it was entirely inadequate.


That popular Stage-playes the very Pompes of the Divell which we renounce in Baptisme, if we beleeve the Fathers are sinfull, heathenish, lewde, ungodly Spectacles, and most pernicious Corruptions; condemned in all ages, as histriomasrix Mischiefes to Churches, to Prunne, to the manners, mindes, and soules of men. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Content may not be republished without our express permission. While the publishing history of the work is not absolutely clear, Histriomastix was published late in by the bookseller Michael Sparke. Retrieved 30 June By William Prynne, an vtter-barrester of Lincolnes Inne.

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Explore hixtriomastix text with Voyant Tools this link takes you to the voyant-tools. The Parable of the Tares, Matthew Wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers arguments, by the concurring authorities and resolutions of sundry texts of Scripture The queen, who appeared in a speaking role in a prominent play not long after the publication of Histriomastixtook his slurs personally. 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.

It hath been always reputed dishonorable, shameful, infamous, for Emperors, Kings, or Princes to come upon a theater to dance, to masque, or act a part in any public or private Interludes, to delight themselves or others.

Its Puritan theology was in any case unwelcome to the civil authorities, led by Attorney General William Noy. The New Jacobean Order.