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Tiger of the Stripe is a small, independent book publisher based in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames in southwest London. Richmond is an attractive and historically-interesting town. It was known as Sheen (Scēon in Old English) until Henry VII built a new palace here in about 1500 and renamed the town after Richmond in Yorkshire. In turn, it gave its name to Richmond, Virginia. We are fortunate to have both Richmond Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, on our doorstep, and Hampton Court is also close.
News: Published Autumn 2013
Annals of the Bodleian Library
William Dunn Macray
An affordable reprint of this fascinating and invaluable book which describes the history of Oxford University’s great academic library, from the foundation of Cobham’s Library in 1367, to Richard de Bury’s library at Durham College, to Duke Humphrey’s Library, Sir Thomas Bodley’s bequest and on to the late nineteenth century.
Macray’s scholarly work abounds with fascinating detail and draws not only on the Bodleian’s official archives but also many diaries and gossipy anecdotes. It comes as something of a shock to discover that one of Bodley’s friends accused him of being ‘so drunk with applause and vanitie of his librarie’ that he disregarded the needs of his own family and servants. As late as 1712, Bodley’s relations were appealing to the Vice Chancellor for relief from the direst poverty.
Among the strange gifts received by the Bodleian was a half-burned Russian translation of the Pickwick Papers found at Sebastopol when the battery was stormed in 1855.
The Stoic, the Weal & the Malcontent
Malcontentedness on the Elizabethan & Jacobean Stage
Julia Lacey Brooke
Enter the Malcontent… a misfit, an outcast, a ‘strayer from the drove’, one who laughs at the follies of others from a distance, like Jacques, or who snarls and rails acerbically like Thersites or Timon. Sometimes, like Iago, he has murder in his heart. He might be an alienated intellectual, like Bosola or Flamineo, with an education he cannot use, or a cynical adventurer like Bussy, or a revenger, like Vindice, out to right wrongs; a bastard like Edmund; a Jew like Barabas; an outcast, a social climber, a man with a deformity, a man passed over for office, a professional clown with ambitions, a professional soldier with a grudge, a Prince with an impossible mission, even a usurping king determined to ‘prove a villain’… The Malcontent comes in various garbs and guises, sometimes glowering and dressed in black, and sometimes not. But his kind is legion, his intelligence rare, and he figures on the English stage at a uniquely innovative point in its history.
The Jacobean stage Malcontent had his immediate antecedents in real life. He also had a dramatic ancestry in the medieval Vice and the Fool. His anarchic hey-day began in the late 1580s and was effectively over by the mid 1620s, but this brief period produced some of the most influential dramatists the Anglophone world has known, stage-writers of brilliance who were engaged in re-working Roman and Greek Classicism, and incorporating and adapting English medieval staples and histories in modern works which revolutionised stage business and stage language.
By the time a play called The Malcontent by John Marston appeared in 1604, it was satirising a familiar phenomenon: not only of a stage figure, but of a whole tranche of plays and theatre-writing distinctly malcontented in tone and matter. Written and performed in a time of new intellectual inquiry and a spirit of scepticism regarding the old fixtures of Man’s place in the World and the political and religious structures that underpinned it – a time of social flux, of discovery of new worlds, of war, spying, bitter religious faction, and political and economic uncertainty – these works were presenting a diverse public audience with the exciting and possibly terrifying spectacle of this fixture’s actual fragility, and the capacity of Man to challenge his destiny.
The remarkably perceptive The Stoic, the Weal and the Malcontent sheds new light on the the development and relevance of the Malcontent in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.
Julia Lacey Brooke read English Literature and Renaissance History at the University of East Anglia, later taking an MLitt at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Now based in rural Tuscany, she is a freelance editor, teacher and lecturer, and writes satirical fiction.