A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

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Written for the adult players at the open-air Swan theatre in 1613,
this master-piece of Jacobean city comedy signals its ironic nature
even in the title: chaste maids, like most other goods and people in
London's busiest commercial area, are likely to be fake. Money is more
important than either happiness or honour; and the most coveted
commodities to be bought with it are sex and social prestige. Middleton
interweaves the fortunes of four families, who either seek to marry
their children off as profitably as possible, to stop having any more
for fear of poverty, or to acquire some in order to keep their property
in the family. Most prosperous is the husband who pimps his wife to a
rich knight and lets him support the household with his alimony. Like
many early modern critics of London's enormous growth, this play
warned: the city is a monster that lives off the money the country

Author: Thomas Middleton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 09/01/2007
Pages: 144
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.35lbs
Size: 7.80h x 4.90w x 0.40d
ISBN13: 9780713650686
ISBN10: 0713650680
BISAC Categories:
- Drama | European | English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh