Performing Libertinism in Charles II’s Court

Politics, Drama, Sexuality

  • Authors
  • Jeremy W. Webster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jeremy W. Webster
    Pages 1-36
  3. Jeremy W. Webster
    Pages 37-64
  4. Jeremy W. Webster
    Pages 171-195
  5. Jeremy W. Webster
    Pages 197-207
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-251

About this book


Performing Libertinism in Charles II's Court examines the performative nature of Restoration libertinism through reports of libertine activities and texts of libertine plays within the context of the fraternization between George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, Sir Charles Sedley, Sir George Etherege, and William Wycherley. Webster argues that libertines, both real and imagined, performed traditionally secretive acts, including excessive drinking, sex, sedition, and sacrilege, in the public sphere. This eruption of the private into the public challenged a Stuart ideology that distinguished between the nation's public life and the king's and his subjects' private consciences.


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