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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This Phase I text is available for reuse, according to the terms of Creative Commons 0 1. The Trial of Charles I. Inthe antiquarian E. William Prynne, HistriomastixLondon, The Player’s Scourge; or, Actor’s Tragedy In this passionate tirade of over one thousand pages larded with authorities in text and margins — classical philosophers, church fathers, Protestant theologians — Prynne denounced stage plays, cross-dressed male actors, court masques, mixed dancing in masques and everywhere else, maypoles, wakes and other rural festivals, country sports on the sabbath, Laudian ritual, stained-glass windows and much more, staking out the most extreme Puritan position on traditional recreations at court and in the countryside.

And dare we men, we Christians yet applaud it? O xford T ext A rchive: The handwritten note goes on to offer up this criticism:. Historiomastix strongly criticised parties, masquerade balls, country fairs, mixed dancing, feast days, wakes, sports, even hairstyles and colourful stained-glass windows. Prynne’s book was not by any means the first such attack on the stage, [2] though it certainly was the longest.

Wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers arguments, by the concurring authorities and resolutions of sundry texts of Scripture 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.

Prynne was imprisoned in but not tried untilat which time he had to appear before the Star Chamber on a charge of seditious libel. The Player’s Scourge; or, Actor’s Tragedy. Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the ODNB. 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.


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Retrieved 30 June For over 1, pages, the work viciously rails against the immorality of acting, dancing, and other such pursuits. For the play by John Marston, see Histriomastix play. During his imprisonment, Prynne continued to produce anonymous pamphlets attacking leaders histiromastix the Anglican Churchwhich induced the authorities, into inflict further mutilation: As for actors of the opposite gender, Prynne offered a simple but biting four-word prgnne.

It had been in preparation by its author for almost ten years before its printing. Styles of Belief, Devotion, and Culture. The Parable of the Tares, Matthew 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 Histriomatsix Partnership.

Histriomastix: The Player’s Scourge (1633)

William Prynne, from Histrio-Mastix: Histriomasstix Whitehall Banqueting House. Our note continues, explaining what happened to Prynne after he published the Histriomastix:. Inigo Jones and Costumes of the Masques. 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 In consequence, Prynne was immediately imprisoned and a year later stripped of his academic degrees, ejected from the legal profession, and placed in the pillory at Westminster and Cheapside; his books were burned before him, ihstriomastix ears were partially cut off, and he was remanded to life imprisonment though later released by Parliament.

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. The Personal Rule of Charles I. 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: This blanket prynns of Caroline culture was probably a factor in Charles’s decision to reissue Prynne I’s Book of Sports a few months later.

The first leaf is blank. Apparently, Prynne was punished largely because of his comments on female stage actors. Effeminate, lascivious, amorous dancing, especially with beautiful women, or boys most exquisitely adorned in an infecting womanish dress on the open stage, where are swarms of lustful spectators, whose unchaste unruly lusts are apt to be enflamed with every wanton gesture, smile, or pace, much more with amorous dances is utterly unlawful unto Christians, to chaste and sober persons; as sundry Councils, Fathers, modern Christians, with ancient Pagan authors and nations, have resolved.


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.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online ed. King Charles the Martyr. The queen, who appeared in a speaking role in a prominent play not long after the publication of Histriomastixtook his slurs personally. Content may not be republished without our express permission.

Prynne was released from prison during the Long Parliament. pryhne

University of O xford T ext A rchive. The text can be copied, modified, distributed and performed, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. The severity of the sentence indicates the high stakes in these culture wars: This ponderous work by Puritan author William Prynne is essentially hitriomastix 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 hitsriomastix Histriomastix was published. Running to over a thousand pages, and with a main title of 43 lines, Histriomastix marshals a multitude of ancient and medieval authorities against the “sin” of dramatic performance.

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. One of his earliest and best known works was Histriomastixa attack on just about anything considered fun. The title page of the first edition is erroneously dated ; as a result many sources cite this as the date of publication.