even the writing of a play about John the Baptist in 1547 may not have been an entirely innocent act, given the near-contemporary plays by prominent Protestants John Bale and George Buchanan on the same theme.
Yet Grimald does not write a Latin or a medievalcomedy. His plays look forward, of course, but with less contemporary weight: the risen Christ promises his listeners that if they wait a little while, they will receive the Holy Ghost, but His words echo Christ's promise of Pentecost, and that is done. The
Style in Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller ’, SEL , 6 ( 1966 ), 43 – 57 .
139 King, ‘In Lieu of Democracy’, p. 100.
140 On the ‘medieval’ comedy of Hamlet ’s gravediggers, see Willard Farnham , ‘ The Medieval Comic Spirit in the English Renaissance ’, in Joseph Quincy Adams Memorial Studies , ed. James G. McManaway et al . ( Washington , D.C.: Folger Shakespeare Library , 1948 ), pp. 429 – 37 (pp. 435 – 6 ).
141 See for example Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World , pp. 97–8; and Auerbach, Mimesis , pp. 278–80. Auerbach regards Socrates as a