cloak and sword drama

cloak and sword drama

also called  cloak and dagger theatre , Spanish  comedia de capa y espada 

      17th-century Spanish plays of upper middle class manners and intrigue. The name derives from the cloak and sword that were part of the typical street dress of students, soldiers, and cavaliers, the favourite heroes. The type was anticipated by the plays of Bartolomé de Torres Naharro, but its popularity was established by the inventive dramas of Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina. The extremely complicated plots deal with the frustration of an idealized love by the conventional Spanish pundonor (“point of honour”). The affairs of the lady and her gallant are mirrored or parodied in the actions of the servants; the hero's valet (the gracioso) also supplies a common-sense commentary on the manners of his masters. After many misunderstandings, duels, renunciations, and false alarms about honour, the plays usually end happily with several marriages. In the 19th and 20th centuries the term “cloak-and-dagger” referred to espionage, both real and fictional.

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