Shropshire: The Records and Editorial Apparatus by J. Alan B. SomersetShropshire: The Records and Editorial Apparatus by J. Alan B. Somerset

Shropshire: The Records and Editorial Apparatus

EditorJ. Alan B. Somerset

Hardcover | October 24, 1994

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The Records of Early English Drama volumes make available historical transcripts that provide evidence of early English drama, music, ceremonial, dance, and other forms of communal public entertainment in Britain before 1642, together with the necessary interpretive introductions and notes to explicate the materials for the reader.

Shropshire, in two volumes, is the eleventh publication in the series. In the introduction Alan Somerset surveys the social and economic history of each major borough and provides a commentary on the major issues raised in the documents. He discusses travelling performers routes, the places they performed, and the remarkable public exhibitions of high-wire artists, camels, bears, and giants. The records for this county are rich and varied, providing new detail about local playing and festivities. From Shrewsbury for example, comes the complete documentation of a unique, semi-circular outdoor amphitheatre. The documents reveal much - from robbery and riots - to the sometimes acrimonious disputes that show the growing Puritan opposition to sports, which attempted to combat an equally stubborn affection for traditional customs.

These records are an invaluable addition to the scholarship of early drama, establishing as they do part of the total context of the great drama of Shakespeare, his predecessors, and his contemporaries.

J. Alan B. Somerset is with the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario.
Title:Shropshire: The Records and Editorial ApparatusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:833 pages, 10.03 × 6.98 × 1.22 inPublished:October 24, 1994Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802006485

ISBN - 13:9780802006486

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Editorial Reviews

'The importance of the REED project establishes itself ever more firmly with the publication of each new volume, not least because the potential to yield important material and new perspectives on the drama and related activities is repeatedly demonstrated for geographical areas outside the first ranks of prominence for early theatrical culture. In the case of Shropshire, the appeal of the compilation is enlivened by the intrinsic qualities of the evidence, several pieces of which make extremely engaging reading.' - Darryl Grantley - Comparative Drama