Gentleness and Nobility, John Rastell, c.1525–27

Daniel Wakelin

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199566471
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Gentleness and Nobility, John Rastell, c.1525–27

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Gentleness and Nobility presents a microcosm of society, as it stages a debate between representatives of three estates: a Knight of aristocratic birth and valour in war, a Merchant engaged in trade and public office-holding; and a Plowman. The characters are more like spokesmen than individuals, and they spend most of the play in spoken debate, though there are a few moments of knockabout action. This article considers further complexities in the balder didacticism and dream of social order of the interlude Gentleness and Nobility as it addresses wider society through print.

Keywords: society; Tudor interludes; didacticism; social order; plays

Article.  8035 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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