As Sonia Massai has argued, a consideration of Wise's larger output shows that he specialized in texts by writers under the direct patronage of George Carey (namely, Thomas Nashe, Thomas Playfere
, and Shakespeare, as the leading dramatist from the Chamberlain's Men), suggesting that a patronage connection may have motivated the publication of Shakespeare's plays, as well as their attributive claims.
The allegory remained popular enough to appear in a sermon by Thomas Playfere
, who in 1595 preached that 'Christ is that tender Pellican, who by wounding his owne breast, doth restore his owne to life againe by his bloud'.
chapter of the gospell by Saint Luke, he added "by Thomas Playfere
Doctor of Diuiniti" to the fourth edition in 1596 and changed the title to The meane in mourninge.
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.
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.
Chapter 2 explores Shakespeare's books in the possession of the stationer Andrew Wise, who owned the rights to three very valuable Shakespeare plays and several equally valuable sermons by the preacher Thomas Playfere
. Shakespeare and Playfere
had similar reputations for sweetness of style and "mellifluous" language, creating a kind of brand for Wise's output.
Lake was correcting a flagrantly puritan error of mindset and doctrine when he insisted that the law and the gospel should not "be taken opposite" but were "composite." Andrewes explained that the law was the gospel "hid" and the gospel was "revealed law." (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." Each has promises, rules, and exactions.
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."  These senses of paradox necessarily suggest a challenge both to conventional thought and to single, stable truths.
In a sermon preached before Prince Henry at Greenwich in March 1605, Thomas Playfere
comments: "so Abraham ...
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.