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'Sir Thomas Salusbury 2nd’s (1612-1643) manuscripts and fragments'

Bailey, Rebecca (2022) 'Sir Thomas Salusbury 2nd’s (1612-1643) manuscripts and fragments'. Early Modern Literary Studies: a journal of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature. ISSN 1201-2459

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This article examines several manuscripts by Sir Thomas Salusbury 2nd (1612-1643) of Denbighshire, North Wales, bound within ‘The Salusburies of Lleweni Manuscript’, housed in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. The manuscripts discussed comprise Salusbury’s complete comedy, ‘Love and Money’, together with an ‘Epilogue’ and ‘Prologue’ to Salusbury’s missing play, ‘The Sorrowful Ladie’, which was performed, in 1639, at Thornhill, Buckinghamshire; a playlet, “The Citizen and his Wife” (1642) which has been transcribed by Martin Wiggins; two unfinished works, due to Salusbury’s untimely death in 1643, consisting of three acts of a tragicomedy, ‘The Lady of Loreto’, and a poetic translation of ten chapters of the ‘Book of Wisdom’ entitled, ‘The Wisdom of Saloman’. Salusbury’s manuscripts add to our growing understanding of the vibrancy of Caroline literature and powerfully encapsulate and dissect the anxieties of the cultural moment in the lead up to, and during, the Civil War. Key themes include good queenship, wise government, and the dangers of martial law. Additionally, these manuscripts give insight into the tastes of a provincial audience, demonstrate the dramatic interconnections between the provinces and London, and provide further evidence of the performance of seventeenth-century manuscript drama. The depth to Salusbury’s oeuvre is evident from his engagement with popular contemporary dramatic genres. Salusbury’s ‘Love and Money’ is a humours play indebted to Ben Jonson, whilst Salusbury’s neoplatonic tragicomedy, ‘The Lady of Loreto’, reflects the preferred theatrical experience of King Charles I’s exiled court, made fashionable by William Davenant and James Shirley.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sir Thomas Salusbury 2nd; Caroline Literature; Civil War drama; Queen Henrietta Maria; King Charles I; seventeenth-century manuscript drama; William Davenant; James Shirley; Ben Jonson; neoplatonic drama; provincial drama; 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing; 2005 Literary Studies; 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Sheffield Hallam University
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2023 08:48
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2023 09:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16955
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