Le 'prince puissant' et 'l'homme constant' dans 'The Tragedy of Sir John van Olden Barnevelt' de John Fletcher & Philip Massinger (1619)

Abstract : In The Tragedy of John von Olden Barnevelt, written in 1619 (immediately after the eponymous character's death) and censured by Sir George Buc, Massinger and Fletcher stage the political, religious and ontological consequences of Barnevelt's conversion to Arminianism. Both playwrights show the ambiguities of Barnevelt's behaviour - whose claim to political liberty on behalf of the State and the institutions leads to libertine thinking and acting - as well as that of the prince of Orange, the defender of undiluted Calvinism and authority, considered a guarantee of order in the State. The former is clearly abandoned by Heaven while the latter, whose self-confidence is sanctioned by divine Providence, does not hesitate to use force against Barnevelt, soon accused of using religion as a " cloake " to his personal advantage and of being a mere hypocrite.
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Gilles Bertheau. Le 'prince puissant' et 'l'homme constant' dans 'The Tragedy of Sir John van Olden Barnevelt' de John Fletcher & Philip Massinger (1619). Etudes Epistémè : revue de littérature et de civilisation (XVIe - XVIIIe siècles), Association Études Épistémè, 2008, pp.47-66. ⟨halshs-00990087⟩

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