Book The knight of the burning pestle / Francis Beaumont ; edited by Michael Hattaway.
Publication year: 2002
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: London : A. & C. Black,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780713650693 (pbk.) :
Previous ed.: London: Benn, 1969.
This play is a celebration of London life and theatre in which Beaumont's comic genius is given free rein. This edition presents an accurate modern-spelling text, with full historical and critical introduction and a detailed commentary. 'Let him kill a lion with a pestle, husband; let him kill a lion with a pestle.'So exclaims the Grocer's wife who, with her husband and servants, is attending one of the London's elite playhouses where a theatre comany has just begun to perform. Peeved at the fact that all the plays they see are satires on the lives and values of London's citizenry, the Grocer and his wife interrupt and demand a play that instead contains chivalric quests and courtly love. What's more, they nominate their apprentice Rafe to take on the hero's role of the knight in this entirely new play.The author, Francis Beaumont, ends up not just satirising the grocers' naive taste for romance but parodying his own example of citizen comedy. This play-within-a-play becomes a pasti
Series title: New mermaids
xxxvi, 117 p. : ill., port. ; 22 cm.