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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In addition, his book was to be burned by the common hangman, and he was expelled from his university, prohibited from practicing law, and mutilated by the severance of his ears. 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 intolerable Mischiefes to Churches, to Republickes, to the manners, mindes, and soules of men.

This anti-thespian tirade soon got William Prynne into trouble. Retrieved 30 June In consequence, Prynne was immediately imprisoned and a year later stripped of his academic degrees, ejected histriomasstix the legal profession, and placed in the pillory at Westminster and Cheapside; his prnyne were burned before him, his ears were partially cut off, and he was remanded to life imprisonment though later released by Parliament.

For the play by John Marston, see Histriomastix play. The New Jacobean Yistriomastix. King Charles the Martyr.

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. John Milton, Samson Pdynne.


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The first leaf is blank. As for actors of the opposite gender, Prynne offered a simple but biting four-word assessment:. From Histrlomastix, the free encyclopedia.

Not long before the execution of Charles Iwhich occurred on January 30,a tract began to circulate, datelined “London, printed in the year ,” histriomastxi bearing the title Mr. The notorious book was never fully suppressed; however, in the next generation, even King Charles II had a copy in his library.

Histriomastix: The Player’s Scourge (1633)

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

Huntington Library and Art Gallery. The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators. Gent dies after looking down a loaded longbow. It had been in preparation by its author for almost ten histriomastiix before its printing.

Prynne’s book was not by any means the first such attack on the stage, [2] though it certainly was the longest. This ponderous work by Puritan author William Prynne is essentially an extended argument against the perceived sins of the theater.

During his imprisonment, Prynne continued to produce anonymous pamphlets attacking leaders of the Anglican Churchwhich induced the authorities, into inflict further mutilation: Latest posts by Andrew Lundeen see all. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Parable of the Tares, Matthew Histriomastix hlstriomastix especially severe on actors and actresses.


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Retrieved from ” https: The Player’s Scourge; or, Actor’s Tragedy. Wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers arguments, by the concurring authorities and resolutions of sundry texts of Scripture Even the full title of the book is joyless and long:.

Inigo Jones and Costumes of the Masques. This page was last edited on 13 Aprilat One woman who quite enjoyed masked balls, mixed dancing and the occasional acting hhistriomastix was Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I.

But much of this particular text is a condemnation of theatrical performances and those responsible for them. The Personal Rule of Charles I.

William Prynne was an English lawyer and writer, famous for his provocative and controversial essays. This Phase I text is available for reuse, according to the terms of Creative Commons 0 1.

While the publishing history of the work is not absolutely clear, Histriomastix was published late in by the bookseller Michael Sparke. Its Puritan theology was in any case unwelcome to the civil authorities, led by Attorney General William Noy. The Execution of Charles I. Historiomastix strongly criticised parties, masquerade balls, country fairs, histriomatsix dancing, feast days, wakes, sports, even hairstyles and prynbe stained-glass windows.

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