The Witch of Edmonton

The Witch of Edmonton

by John Ford, Thomas Dekker, William Rowley, Arthur F. Kinney
     
 

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It is a historical phenomenon that while thousands of women were beingburnt as witches in early modern Europe, the English - although therewere a few celebrated trials and executions, one of which the playdramatises - were not widely infected by the witch-craze. The stageseems to have provided an outlet for anxieties about witchcraft, aswell as an opportunity for

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It is a historical phenomenon that while thousands of women were beingburnt as witches in early modern Europe, the English - although therewere a few celebrated trials and executions, one of which the playdramatises - were not widely infected by the witch-craze. The stageseems to have provided an outlet for anxieties about witchcraft, aswell as an opportunity for public analysis. The Witch of Edmonton(1621) manifests this fundamentally reasonable attitude, with Dekkerinsisting on justice for the poor and oppressed, Ford providingpsychological character studies, and Rowley the clowning. The villagecommunity of Edmonton feels threatened by two misfits, Old MotherSawyer, who has turned to the devil to aid her against her unfeelingneighbours, and Frank, who refuses to marry the woman of his father'schoice and ends up murdering her. This edition shows how the playgenerates sympathy for both and how contemporaries would have respondedto its presentation of village life and witchcraft.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780713642537
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
New Mermaids Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
236,082
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.34(d)

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