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1. Definition of the Masque—Its Courtly Character--Its Partial

Influence over the Regular Drama.-II. Its Italian Origin.-III.

Masques at Rome in 1474-At Ferrara in 1502—Morris Dances-

At Urbino in 1513–Triumphal Cars.-IV. Florentine Trionfi-

Machinery and Engines—The Marriage Festivals of Florence in

1565–Play and Masques of Cupid and Psyche-The Masque of

Dreams-Marriage Festival of Bianca Capello in 1579.–V.

Reception of Henri III. at Venice in 1574–His Passage from

Murano to San Niccolò on Lido.-VI. The Masque transported

to England-At the Court of Henry VIII. and Elizabeth

Development in the Reign of James 1.-Specific Character of

the English Masque--The Share of Poetry in its Success.-VII.

Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones-Italian and English Artists—The

Cost of Masques.-VIII. ProseDescriptions of Masques-Jonson's

Libretti–His Quarrels with Jones--Architect versus Poet-IX.

Royal Performers—Professionals in the Anti-Masque.—X. Variety

of Jonson's Masques—Their Names—Their Subjects—Their

Lyric Poetry.—XI. Feeling for Pastoral Beauty-Pan's Anni-

versary.-XII. The Masque of Beauty-Prince Henry's Barriers

- Masque of Oberon.—XIII. Royal and Noble Actors--Lady

Arabella Stuart-Prince Henry-Duke Charles—The Earl and

Countess of Essex-Tragic Irony and Pathos of the Masques at

Court.-XIV. Effect of Masques upon the Drama-Use of them

by Shakspere and Fletcher-By Marston and Tourneur—Their

great Popularity-Milton's Partiality for Masques—The' Arcades'

and · Comus' . . . . . . . . . . 317

1. The Chronicle Play is a peculiarly English Form-Its Difference

from other Historical Dramas-Supplies the Place of the Epic-

Treatment of National Annals by the Playwrights.-II. Shak-

spere's Chronicles-Four Groups of non-Shaksperian Plays on

English History.-111. Legendary Subjects—Locrine'-The

History of King Leir.'--IV. Shakspere's Doubtful Plays—Prin-

ciples of Criticism—“The Birth of Merlin.'—V. Chronicle-Plays

Proper—' Troublesome Reign of King John'-'True Tragedy of

Richard III.' _'Famous Victories of Henry V.'-'Contention of

the Two Famous Houses.'-VI. “Edward III.'—The Problem of

its Authorship--Based on a Novella and on History—The Superior

Development of Situations.-VII. Marlowe’s ‘Edward II.'--Peele's

Edward I.'--Heywood’s ‘Edward IV.–Rowley's Play on Henry

VIII.–VIII. The Ground covered by the Chronicle Plays—Their

Utility-Heywood's 'Apology 'quoted.-IX. Biographies of Poli-

tical Persons and Popular Heroes-'Sir Thomas More '_ Lord

Cromwell'— Sir John Oldcastle'--Schlegel's Opinion criticised

-Sir Thomas Wyatt'-Ford's “ Perkin Warbeck'— Last Plays of

this Species.--X. English Adventurers_Fair Maid of the West'

- The Shirley Brothers'—Sir Thomas Stukeley'—His Life

--Dramatised in ‘The Famous History,'&c.—Battle of Alcazar.'--

XI. Apocryphal Heroes—'Fair Em'-'Blind Beggar of Bethnal

Green'—Two Plays on the Robin Hood Legend-English Par-

tiality for Outlaws-Life in Sherwood—“George a Greene'-Jon-

son’s ‘Sad Shepherd'-Popularity in England of Princes who

have shared the People's Sports and Pastimes.

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