Initially, Wise published Playfere's sermons without the preacher's permission, but Playfere subsequently cooperated.
Wise coordinated honey-tongued Shakespeare and Playfere to market books by both writers.
In a sermon during Easter week of 1593, Thomas Playfere described the temporizer as "a mill-horse which making many steps, turnes about, and is continually found in the same place.
As Laban kept Jacob a long while from his youngest daughter," Thomas Playfere preached in the Cathedral Church in Exeter, "So God often times holdeth us a while in suspense that he may more sharpen our appetite and inflame our desire.
His edition of a sermon by Thomas Playfere
, The Pathway to Perfection, 1597, named the minister; his Book of the seven planets .
Bryan Crockett's solid chapter, "Thomas Playfere
's Poetics of Preaching," makes good on the Introduction's claim that "nothing was closer literary kin to the drama that flourished in early modern England than the sermon" (8) by providing a sketch of the colorful Playfere
and analyzing the play of thought and emotional effect of his sermons both in terms of rhetoric and performance.
19) Thomas Playfere spoke the common sense of Anglican tradition when he declared that "[t]here is gospel in the law, and there is law in the gospel.
Playfere, The Difference between the Law and the Gospel, in Nine Sermons (Cambridge: Cantrell Legge, 1612), 229.
Many of the views expressed by the most popular pastors of the age--among them Thomas Playfere
, Stephen Egerton, John Field, and Lancelot Andrewes, whose London parish contained "the Fortune and Red Bull theatres" and whose services were "eagerly attended" by some players (Story xv)--showed the influence of John Calvin's theology.
Another definition available to the sixteenth century was what Thomas Playfere
, an Elizabethan preacher, called in 1595 "the intermingling of extremities.
performance" of a 1595 sermon by Thomas Playfere
, the "showiness" of the general Puritan "style of preaching," and the "verbal pyrotechnics" of pastors Playfere
, Ralph Browning, and Thomas Adams.
Fitzmaurice links the Virginia Company sermons specifically to the Ciceronian ideal of a civilizing rhetoric in the context of the classical studia humanitatis, while Bryan Crockett, examining the admittedly idiosyncratic preaching of Thomas Playfere
, insists that preaching is closer to theatre than to oratory.