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Thomas Shadwell 17th C
Posted by: Sarie Date: December 17, 1999 at 15:40:37
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Following from my previous message - I confused my Shadwell dates.

Thomas Shadwell (1642 - 1692, born at Brandon) succeeded Dryden as Poet Laureate in 1689.

He was one of the Restoration dramatists, and wrote 13 comedies and three tragedies.

He attacked Dryden by poem, 'Medal of John Bayes', and Dryden ridiculed him in reply, in 'MacFlecknoe', and in Absalom and Achitophel (as Og). Dryden 'held court' at Wills coffee-house in Covent Garden (corner of Russell Street/Bow Street), where various topics in poetry, drama and literature were debated. Tea, chocolate, sherbert and coffee were served from large barrels. The government tried to suppress the coffee-houses, as they were breeding grounds for sedition. Beer induced somnolence, and thus loyalty, whereas coffee was a stimulant, encouraging rebellion.

Viv Loesch


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