Plebeian Presence in the Age of Gunpowder
Analyzed at length in this chapter are the stage plays of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, as they prove strikingly keen on countenancing and vivifying contemporary soldiering, even if often in a sardonic vein. Just as vital to Chap. 5 is the manner by which gunpowder was theatrically employed as special effects. Accordingly, Nayar pays ethnographic tribute to the aural and pyrotechnic dimensions of Tudor and Stuart drama, which often, in contemporary critical circles, get overlooked. Plays addressed include those of Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson, as well as lesser-known works that demonstrate how the stage often functioned as a means of access to powder-related current affairs.