Staging the old faith: Queen Henrietta Maria and the theatre of Caroline England, 1625-1642

by Rebecca A. Bailey

Manchester University Press | May 1, 2009 | Hardcover

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Staging the Old Faith is the first book length study to examine Caroline theatre as a space where the concerns of the English Roman Catholic community are staged. Rebecca Bailey juxtaposes a detailed analysis of Queen Henrietta Maria’s ground-breaking performances which showcased to an elite audience her role as defender of English Catholics, against an exploration of how this community responded to such a startling vision, in particular through the politically charged texts of James Shirley and William Davenant. This engagement on the stage with the anxieties and hopes of the English Catholic community (properly contextualised within the wider and increasingly fragmented religious landscape in the years leading to civil war) opens up Caroline commercial theatre as a site which energetically discussed the explosive religio-political topics of the cultural moment.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.75 × 5.71 × 1.05 in

Published: May 1, 2009

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0719076730

ISBN - 13: 9780719076732

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Staging the old faith: Queen Henrietta Maria and the theatre of Caroline England, 1625-1642

by Rebecca A. Bailey

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.75 × 5.71 × 1.05 in

Published: May 1, 2009

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0719076730

ISBN - 13: 9780719076732

About the Book

This is the first book length study to examine Caroline theater as a space where the concerns of the English Roman Catholic community are staged. Rebecca Bailey juxtaposes a detailed analysis of Queen Henrietta Maria’s ground-breaking performances, which showcased to an elite audience her role as defender of English Catholics, against an exploration of how this community responded to such a startling vision, in particular through the politically charged texts of James Shirley and William Davenant. This engagement on the stage with the anxieties and hopes of the English Catholic community (properly contextualized within the wider and increasingly fragmented religious landscape in the years leading to civil war) opens up Caroline commercial theater as a site which energetically discussed the explosive religio-political topics of the cultural moment.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Counter-Reformation politics and the Caroline stage 1. The public discourse of religion in Stuart England 2. James Shirely: the early texts, 1625-29 3. ''A case for conscience'': Issues of allegiance and identity, 1630-33 4. William Davenant: the chimera of religious reunion, 1634-37 5. ''A broken time'': The tempering of an international Catholicism, 1637-40 Conclusion

From the Publisher

Staging the Old Faith is the first book length study to examine Caroline theatre as a space where the concerns of the English Roman Catholic community are staged. Rebecca Bailey juxtaposes a detailed analysis of Queen Henrietta Maria’s ground-breaking performances which showcased to an elite audience her role as defender of English Catholics, against an exploration of how this community responded to such a startling vision, in particular through the politically charged texts of James Shirley and William Davenant. This engagement on the stage with the anxieties and hopes of the English Catholic community (properly contextualised within the wider and increasingly fragmented religious landscape in the years leading to civil war) opens up Caroline commercial theatre as a site which energetically discussed the explosive religio-political topics of the cultural moment.

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Staging the Old Faith is the first book length study to examine Caroline theatre as a space where the concerns of the English Roman Catholic community are staged. Rebecca Bailey juxtaposes a detailed analysis of Queen Henrietta Maria_s ground-breaking performances which showcased to an elite audience her role as defender of English Catholics, against an exploration of how this community responded to such a startling vision, in particular through the politically charged texts of James Shirley and William Davenant. This engagement on the stage with the anxieties and hopes of the English Catholic community (properly contextualised within the wider and increasingly fragmented religious landscape in the years leading to civil war) opens up Caroline commercial theatre as a site which energetically discussed the explosive religio-political topics of the cultural moment.

About the Author

Rebecca Bailey is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire. Prior to this, she was employed by the BBC as a Broadcast Media Researcher

Rebecca Bailey is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Gloucestershire. Prior to this, she was employed by the BBC as a Broadcast Media Researcher.