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date: 28 February 2020

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Gentleness and Nobility presents a microcosm of society, as it stages a debate between representatives of three estates: a Knight of aristocratic birth and valour in war, a Merchant engaged in trade and public office-holding; and a Plowman. The characters are more like spokesmen than individuals, and they spend most of the play in spoken debate, though there are a few moments of knockabout action. This article considers further complexities in the balder didacticism and dream of social order of the interlude Gentleness and Nobility as it addresses wider society through print.

Keywords: society, Tudor interludes, didacticism, social order, plays

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