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Andrew Marvell

Andrew Marvell  

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(1621–1678) English poetThe First Anniversary of the Government Under the Lord Protector (1655) PoetryThe Character of Holland (1665) PoetryThe Rehearsal Transpros'd [part i; part ii, 1673] (1672) ...
Book of Common Prayer

Book of Common Prayer  

(often BCP).The major prayer book of the Anglican Church, and official service book of the Church of England. Its centrality and continuing use is advocated by the Prayer Book Society.[...]
Book of Kells

Book of Kells  

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An 8th‐ to 9th‐cent. manuscript of the four Gospels, with prefaces, summaries and canon tables; seven charters of the abbey of Kells have been added on blank pages. It is written in Irish majuscule ...
census

census  

n. a ten-yearly enumeration of the population based on the actual presence of individuals in a house or institution on a designated night (known as a de facto census). This contrasts with the ...
coffee houses

coffee houses  

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The first coffee house in England was reputedly established in London in 1650 at the Angel. They became popular after the Restoration and remained so during the 18th century. The fashion spread ...
Earl of Clarendon Edward Hyde

Earl of Clarendon Edward Hyde  

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(1609–74),entered Parliament in 1640 and at first sided with the popular party, but as a strong Anglican he was from 1641 onwards one of the chief supporters and advisers of the king. He followed ...
Ephelia

Ephelia  

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Pseudonym of a female lyric poet, possibly attached to the Restoration court. Lady Mary Villiers (1622–85) is among suggested identifications, though the question of authorship remains uncertain. ...
Funeral, The, or Grief à-la-Mode

Funeral, The, or Grief à-la-Mode  

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A comedy by R. Steele, produced 1701.The play is notable as marking a change of moral tone in the drama after the licentiousness of the Restoration.
George Farquhar

George Farquhar  

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(1678–1707)Irish playwright, the best comic dramatist of the eighteenth century in Britain. His plays achieved unprecedented runs, and two of them continue to be performed today, The Recruiting ...
Helen Simpson

Helen Simpson  

(1959– ),short‐story writer, born in Bristol and brought up in London. She was educated at Oxford University where she read English. She has published four collections of short stories: Four Bare ...
historical fiction

historical fiction  

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The origins of the British historical novel are congenital with those of the Gothic novel, in the larger‐than‐life conceptions of Elizabethan and ‘heroic’ Restoration drama. Deeper roots can be ...
Hyde Park

Hyde Park  

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A comedy by J. Shirley, acted 1632, printed 1637.
James Howell

James Howell  

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(?1593–1666),held diplomatic and administrative posts under Charles I and was imprisoned in the Fleet as a Royalist, 1643–51; at the Restoration he became Historiographer Royal. He wrote a number of ...
Jeremy Collier

Jeremy Collier  

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(1650–1726),became a non‐juring bishop in 1713. He is chiefly remembered for his Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage (1698), in which he attacked Dryden, Wycherley, ...
Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor  

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(1613–67),was chaplain to Laud and Charles I, and was appointed rector in 1638. He was taken prisoner in the Royalist defeat before Cardigan Castle in 1645, and retired to Golden Grove, ...
John Denham

John Denham  

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(1615–69),born in Dublin, is chiefly known for his topographical poem Cooper's Hill (piratically published 1642), an early and influential example of what was to become a very popular genre. It ...
John Dryden

John Dryden  

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(1631–1700),was educated at Westminster School under Busby and at Trinity College, Cambridge. His first major poem was the Heroique Stanza's (1658) on the death of Cromwell; he later celebrated the ...
John Evelyn

John Evelyn  

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(1620–1706)English diarist and writer. He is remembered chiefly for his Diary (published posthumously in 1818), which covers most of his life, describing his travels abroad, his contemporaries, and ...
Lady of Pleasure

Lady of Pleasure  

A comedy by J. Shirley, acted 1635, printed 1637.In the central plot Lady Bornwell is cured of her desire to live a life of thoughtless pleasure, partly by the discovery of the worthlessness of her ...
Man of Mode

Man of Mode  

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The last and finest comedy of Etherege, first performed at court 1676. It was an immediate success, and remains a classic of the Restoration period.There are two main plots, neatly interwoven. ...

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