Corneille. French. 1640. Play. Cinna. Augustus must choose between justice or mercy for the plotters against him. He decides on mercy.
Calderon. Spanish. 1640. Play. El Alcald de Zalamea. Captain violates the host’s daughter and refuses to marry her. Does not believe that he has to answer to commoners for his conduct. Her father has him committed to prison where he is strangled. King agrees that justice has been done and makes her father permanent mayor of the town. Protest against capricious despotic feudal nobility.
Corneille. French. 1640. Play. Horace. Horace kills Curiace, his sister’s betrothed. She swears revenge. He kills her too. Horace is pardoned. Horace represents
Richard Mather, et al. American. 1641. Poetry. Bay Psalm Book. Translation of the biblical psalms. First bound book printed in the English colonies.
Corneille. French. 1641. Play. Polyeucte.