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p. 344. The revenge of the deadlocked

  • Nick Groom


The Reformation divested the church of its pageantry, ritual, customs, and lore. The ensuing religious turmoil had a profound influence on the literature of the period. ‘The revenge of the dead’ argues that literature helped to fill the imaginative space left by the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and that it is from these writings that later Gothic authors took their inspiration and much of their material. Two key genres ensured that the imaginative impact of the Reformation continued on through the 17th century and into the 18th century: the popular ballad tradition and the plays of the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage, especially ‘Revenge Tragedy’.

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