This was Roger Boyle, first Earl of Orrery, author of Parthenissa (1654), which was an attempt to imitate the French romances which were afterwards to become so much in vogue at the court of Charles II. He also introduced the fashion— this too borrowed from the French — of writing heroic plays or plays in rhyme. Cf. p. 6,1. 29. His first productions in this way were the ' History of Henry V ' and 'Mustapha, a Tragedy.'
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