John Suckling: Brennoralt

(411 words)
  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

First published in 1642 as The Disconted Colonell and republished in 1646 (in Fragmenta Aurea) under the title of Brennoralt by which it is better known, this has claims to be regarded as Suckling's most interesting play. Suckling's source was L'Iphigene (Paris, 1625) by Jean Pierre Camus. Set in Poland, like Camus's romance, Suckling's play unmistakeably reflects his views on the conflict between England and Scotland of which he had had experience in the First Bishops' War of 1639. The Palatine rebels of Brennoralt can perhaps be read as, in part at least, an image of the Scots. Brennoralt, the discontented colonel, seems to articulate views some of which might reasonably be identified as Suckling's o…

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Pursglove, Glyn. "Brennoralt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]