Lake 2002

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Lake, Peter with Michael Questier. The AntiChrist's Lewd Hat: Protestants, Papists and Players in Post-Reformation England. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

Scarisbrick and Haigh: "bulk of the population responded to protestantism with a mixture of sullen indifference and hostility" (xiv)

order/disorder -- moralized/festive culture

  • Bahktinian inversion/carnivalesque
"The picture that emerges from all this is of a common core of narrative expectations about sin, repentance and salvation, about the interplay between divine providence and grace and human repentance in bringing even the worst of sinners to book and to heave -- being appropriated for overlapping but also distinct purposes by hack writers, pamphleteers and playwrights and by godly authors and preachers. Again we return to the relations between perfect protestantism and puritan populism and Grub Street, only now with the commercial theatre added into the mix too." (xxii)
"On this view, the narratives and performances at the centre of this book should be seen as providing contemporaries with a complex, interconnected and gendered web of narrative conventions, images and tropes that allowed them to confront and control, to scare themselves with and reassure themselves about, some of the most threatening aspects of their social, religious and political worlds." (xxv-xxvi)