The Shepherds’ Paradise


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Prince Basilino is betrothed to Saphira, the Princess of Navarre, whom he has never met; but he has fallen in love with Fidamira, not knowing that she in turn is in love with Agenor. Basilino leaves the kingdom in order to forget Fidamira, and heads for the Shepherds’ Paradise of Galicia, a haven of chastity. But love, it seems, is inescapable even in this chaste land, and out of the ensuing confusion emerges the future of a dynasty…

Walter Montagu’s play was performed by Queen Henrietta Maria and a group of female courtiers at court in January 1633. The society’s edition, prepared by Sarah Poynting, is a transcript of the Tixall MS (Folger Library, MS V b 203), which represents a version of this very long play which has been abridged for court performance. It is the only version of the text to feature the induction and interludes.

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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 32 × 22 × 2 cm