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"The Visit of the Nine Goddesses": A Masque at Sir John Crofts's House

C. E. MCGEE
English Literary Renaissance
Vol. 21, No. 3 (AUTUMN 1991), pp. 371-384
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43447383
Page Count: 14
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"The Visit of the Nine Goddesses": A Masque at Sir John Crofts's House
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Abstract

This transcribed text of a masque at Sir John Crofts' house at Little Saxham in Suffolk is the last known Jacobean masque of women; it is found in the poetical miscellany of Tobias Alston, Yale University Library, MS. Osborn B.197. Perhaps the work of Thomas Carew, probably performed in the early 1620s, the masque was danced by the eight daughters of Sir John Crofts in the presence of King James. The masque, conservative in its representation of women, celebrates Sir John's potency, King James's power, and the pleasures of country life.

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