Was Thomas Middleton a Puritan dramatist?

Authors
Citation
Nw. Bawcutt, Was Thomas Middleton a Puritan dramatist?, MOD LANG R, 94, 1999, pp. 925-939
Citations number
66
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
94
Year of publication
1999
Part
4
Pages
925 - 939
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(199910)94:<925:WTMAPD>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
This article challenges Margot Heinemann's contention, in her book, Puritan ism and the Theatre, that Thomas Middleton was an active propogandist for w hat is termed the Parliamentary Puritan Opposition to King James. Middleton systematically satirized Puritans, and the whole concept of an 'opposition ' to the King has been fundamentally questioned by revisionist historians. The city merchants mentioned by Middleton are not shown by Heinemann to hav e had any political affiliations. Middleton's civic entertainments contain repeated compliments to the King, and A Game at Chess is centrally an attac k on Spaniards and Jesuits, not on King James.