"Leah Marcus'sThe Politics of Mirth: Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and the Defense of Old Holiday Pastimesis a fascinating study of why James and Charles promoted some types of rural sport and festival and of how certain literary texts participated in promoting or critiquing royal policy. . . . Marcus provocatively links texts not often studied in conjunction with one another, and she provides strong and detailed readings of those texts."--Jean E. HowardMarcus, Leah S. is the author of 'Politics of Mirth Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell and the Defense of Old Holiday Pastimes' with ISBN 9780226504520 and ISBN 0226504522.