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A Companion to Renaissance Drama (Blackwell Companions to by Arthur F. Kinney

By Arthur F. Kinney

This expansive, inter-disciplinary consultant to Renaissance performs and the area they performed to provides readers a colourful evaluation of England's nice dramatic age.Provides an expansive and inter-disciplinary method of Renaissance performs and the realm they performed to. deals a colorful and entire assessment of the cloth stipulations of England's most vital dramatic interval. provides readers proof and information in addition to updated interpretation of the performs. appears to be like on the drama by way of its cultural enterprise, its collaborative nature, and its ideological complexity.

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These new enterprises stimulated the revival of the towns, after their long slump in the mid-sixteenth century, drawing the surplus population to them. That provided a very cheap workforce, since real wages were at an all-time low. All of this was especially evident in London, whose population exploded along with its prosperity. Taken all together, the standard of living in 1600 was remarkably higher than that of fifty years earlier. Consumers fueled some of the boom; exports fed the rest. Companies were chartered to regulate and exploit the trade to various parts of the world.

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This “inflation of honors” allowed people to purchase titles of gentility and nobility for fixed prices. For £10,000 one could become an earl. Selling crown property, or raising the rents on it, he also began borrowing from those with crown contracts. In 1611 Salisbury ordered a “benevolence” to be collected. A forced loan, it was not expected to be repaid. Arbitrary increases in the customs rates, forced loans and other tools were not good for trade. Neither was the habit of selling monopolies on commercial activities.

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