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What were the Wars of the Roses and when did they take place?

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What were the Wars of the Roses and when did they take place?

series of conflicts between two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty (1455-1485): House of Lancaster (red rose) vs. House of York (white rose)

End: Richard III (House of York) defeated at the Battle of Bosworth Field by the Earl of Richmond (Henry Tudor, Henry VII)

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What was Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy?

established the English monarchs as the head of the Church of England. The 1534 Act declared King Henry VIII and his successors as the Supreme Head of the Church, replacing the pope.

Reason: Henry wanted to divorce his wife

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What was the dissolution of the monasteries and when did it begin?

set of administrative and legal processes between 1536 and 1541 by which Henry VIII 

> disbanded monasteries, priories, convents and friaries, in England, Wales and Ireland, 

> appropriated their income, disposed of their assets, 

> and provided for their former personnel and functions.

>> in order to raise money for his military

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What are central concerns of Renaissance humanism?

Humankind, humanity & science

Rebirth of culture and learning of ancient Greece and Rome

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Where in London were most theatres located (and why)?

Outside the city of London, on the other side of the River Thames, SOuth Bank, red-light district

Because the authorities disapproved of the theatres/ daylight performances; fear of large riots and fires


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What are the names of two particularly influential Elizabethan theatre companies?

Lord Chamberlain’s Men (Shakespeare was shareholder; Globe Theatre) 

and Admiral’s Men (closely linked to Marlowe; Rose Theatre, Fortune Theatre)

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Why did early modern playwrights often resort to the technique of word scenery?

minimal props, barren stage

events like massive battles were impossible to stage otherwise

> rely on audience's imagination

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What are the four most significant genres of early modern drama?

  • tragedies
  • revenge tragedies
  • comedies
  • historical drama

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What is blank verse and which playwright is mainly credited with popularizing it?

Blank verse = iambic pentameter, close to rhythm of natural speech

> Christopher Marlowe popularized it

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How does Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus reflect on Renaissance humanism?

  • knowledge is power; desire to know it all
  • empiricial science
  • magic
  • economy

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What are the Holinshed’s Chronicles and why are they relevant to early modern drama?

The Holinshed's Chronicles document the rise of the Tudors and were a popular source for history plays

they are the first description of British history

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What is a problem play?

nineteenth-century term for tragicomic plays that seem to defy generic classification; written c. 1595-1605; typically unconvincing ‘happy endings’ (e.g. All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, etc.)

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