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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Subscription or UK public library membership required. Prynne was imprisoned in but not tried untilat which time he had to appear before the Star Chamber on a charge of seditious ;rynne. Gent dies after looking down a loaded longbow.

Author Prynne, William, Some of the remarks, especially about “women actors, notorious whores” and “scurrilous amorous pastorals,” were thought to refer directly to the queen, who produced as well as acted in several masques and pastorals.

The New Jacobean Order. Retrieved from ” histriomatsix 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. The Parable of the Tares, Matthew During his imprisonment, Prynne continued to produce anonymous pamphlets attacking leaders of the Anglican Churchwhich induced the authorities, into inflict further mutilation: Not long before the execution of Charles Iwhich occurred on January 30,a tract began to circulate, datelined “London, printed in the year ,” and bearing the title Mr.

Wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers arguments, by the concurring authorities and resolutions of sundry texts of Scripture By William Prynne, an vtter-barrester of Lincolnes Inne.

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

Date Place of Publication London Availability This keyboarded and encoded edition of the work described above is co-owned by the institutions providing financial support to the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership. After hkstriomastix this most tiresome book nearly half through, I am convinced that the punishment inflicted upon the author for writing it was entirely inadequate. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online ed.


The Personal Rule of Charles I. Running to over a thousand pages, and hstriomastix a main title of 43 lines, Histriomastix marshals a multitude of ancient and medieval authorities against the “sin” of dramatic performance.

Apparently, Prynne was punished largely because of his comments on female stage actors.

Women actors are “notorious whores”, writes Prynne

The book condemns most aspects of dramatic performance in its era, from histroomastix practice of boy actors representing women to the “obscene lascivious love songs, most melodiously chanted out upon the stage This ponderous work by Puritan author William Prynne is essentially an extended argument against the perceived sins of the pryne. King Charles the Martyr. And that the profession of play-poets, of stage-players; together with the penning, acting, and frequenting of stage-playes, are unlawfull, infamous and misbeseeming Christians.

Retrieved 30 June Prynne was released from prison during the Long Parliament. In a few places, however, it seems that Prynne went too far with his criticisms. One woman who quite enjoyed masked balls, mixed dancing and the occasional acting role was Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I. Reproduction of prynje original in the Henry E. 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.

It had been in preparation by its author histriomastkx almost ten years before its printing.

One of his earliest and best known works was Histriomastixa attack on just about anything considered fun. Peynne much of this particular text is a condemnation of theatrical performances and those responsible for them.

Content may not be republished without our express permission. The Trial of Charles I. William Prynne, HistriomastixLondon, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Histriomastix represents the culmination of the Puritan attack on the English Renaissance theatre and celebrations such as Christmasas noted in the following: Inthe antiquarian E.


The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators. Even the full title of the book hiwtriomastix joyless and long:. Historiomastix strongly criticised parties, masquerade balls, country fairs, histriomasgix dancing, feast days, wakes, sports, even hairstyles and colourful stained-glass windows.

Stage-Plays are thus odious, unseemly, pernicious, and unlawful unto Christians in the precedent respects [they were invented by prynnw pagans and infidels for idolatrous worship] so likewise are they in regard of their ordinary style, and subject histriomaatix which no Christian can or dares to patronize: 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.

Histriomastix was especially severe on actors and actresses. And that the Prosession of Play-poets, of Stage-playes, are unlawfull, infamous and misbeseeming Christians. This Phase I text is available for reuse, according to the terms of Creative Commons 0 1. Inigo Jones and Costumes of the Histrioastix. John Milton, Samson Agonistes. Our note continues, explaining what happened to Prynne after he published the Histriomastix:.

For more information please refer to our Terms of Use or contact Alpha History. The following two tabs change content below. And dare we men, we Christians yet applaud it? The notorious book was never fully suppressed; however, in the next generation, even King Charles II had a copy in his library.