29. Monks, Minstrels and Players: Drama in Hampshire before 1642

29. Monks, Minstrels and Players: Drama in Hampshire before 1642
Hampshire Papers 29: Monks, minstrels and players: Drama in Hampshire before 1642
by Jane Cowling and Peter Greenfield (2008)

The paper traces the development of drama in Hampshire from its origins in the church, through the popular festivities of 'Merrie England', to its ultimate suppression by religious reformers in the 1640s. It describes a brief play of the visit to the sepulchre on Easter morning performed by the monks of St Swithun's Priory in Winchester in the tenth century, and also an early fifteenth-century court case relating to the only known play about St Agnes in England. It sheds light on parish festivities known as kingales performed all over the county in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and to plays acted by the scholars of Winchester College. It also describes performances for visiting royalty, including a lavish entertainment for Queen Elizabeth at Elvetham in 1591 and a masque staged by Queen Anne in 1603, as well as visits by itinerant minstrels and actors to Southampton, Winchester, Winchester College and the Isle of Wight.

Physical description 295mm x 210mm; softback; 28 pages.
Published in 2008 by Hampshire County Council.
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