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By Donald Watson

This examine examines the early background performs - the 1st tetralogy and "King John" - as performs, not just via studying their theatrical dimensions but in addition be connecting their staging with the playhouse as a social establishment and with the theatricality of Elizabethan tradition within the 1590s.

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The praises of Elizabeth are sung in a courtly world of verbal wit, Platonic artifice, and Ovidian metamorphoses in Lyly's idealized offerings, and the theatrical illusion itself is deliberately and wonderfully broken at the end of The Arraignment of Paris Theatre, History, Politics 29 when Diana steps into the audience to award the "ball of golde," symbol of all of virtues, of beauty, rule, and wisdom, into the hands of Queen Elizabeth herself. "51 Lyly's adulatory portraits of Elizabeth in the idealized Cynthia, Sapho, and Queen of Lesbos similarly enfold the mythology of virgin queen and perfect monarch into a theatrical fantasy freed from the anxieties and vicissitudes of the Court.

Bedford 0, let no words, but deeds, revenge this treason! Pucelle What will you do, good graybeard? Break a lance, And run a tilt at death within a chair? 41-51) The theatrical superiority combined with the wry mockery visually and verbally takes away the easy superiority of chauvinistic derision; Joan's deceit may look unheroic but it has worked, and severing military and moral superiority has issued in the 45 Henry VI, Part One triumph of pragmatic, guerilla tactics. Among a number of possible illustrations of this internalization of derision, Joan's response to Lucy's request for the bodies of the Talbots underlines the grotesque humor of the enemy's scorn: I think this upstart is old Talbot's ghost, He speaks with such a proud commanding spirit.

Elizabeth's lack of consistent interest in religious matters allowed her councillors to influence ecclesiastical appointments, and often they successfully urged upon her clergy at high rank who, if not overtly inimical to the Anglican Settlement, could hardly have been considered supporters. 36 Just how influential were Leicester and other Elizabethan nobles - court magnates and regional lords who maintained similar if less extensive systems of influence and clientage - may best be left to historians; the existence of factions and the continued importance of the nobility in determining the affairs of state appears certain, both to recent scholars and surely 22 Shakespeare's Early History Plays to the Elizabethans who were constantly complaining about the ''backbiting" at Court.

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