John Ford (baptised April 17, 1586 – c. In Christianity, baptism ( Greek, "immersing" "performing Ablutions " is the ritual act with the use of water by which one is admitted Events 69 - After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor. 1640?) was an English Jacobean and Caroline playwright and poet born in Ilsington in Devon in 1586. The term English literature refers to Literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by Writers not necessarily from The term English literature refers to Literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by Writers not necessarily from Ilsington is a Parish situated on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, Devon, England. Devon is a large county in the South West of England. The county is also referred to as Devonshire, but that is an entirely unofficial name
Ford left home to study in London, although more specific details are unclear — a sixteen-year-old John Ford of Devon was admitted to Exeter College, Oxford on March 26, 1601, but this was when the dramatist had not yet reached his sixteenth birthday. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Exeter College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England and the 4th oldest college of the University Events 1026 - Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor. He joined an institution that was a prestigious law school but also a centre of literary and dramatic activity — the Middle Temple. A law school (also known as a school of law or college of law) is an institution specializing in Legal education. The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as Barristers A prominent junior member in 1601 was the playwright John Marston. John Marston (baptised October 7, 1576 – June 25, 1634) was an English poet playwright and satirist during the late Elizabethan (It is unknown whether Ford ever actually studied law while a resident of the Middle Temple, or whether he was strictly a gentleman boarder, which was a common arrangement at the time. )
It was not until 1606 that Ford wrote his first works for publication. To publish is to make content Publicly known. The term is most frequently applied to the distribution of text or images on paper or to the placing of content In the spring of that year he was expelled from Middle Temple, due to his financial problems, and Fame's Memorial and Honour Triumphant soon followed. Both works are clear bids for patronage: Fame's Memorial is an elegy of 1169 lines on the recently-deceased Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devonshire, while Honour Triumphant is a prose pamphlet, a verbal fantasia written in connection with the jousts planned for the summer 1606 visit of King Christian IV of Denmark. Patronage is the support encouragement privilege and often financial aid given by a person or an organization The term " elegy " was originally used for a type of poetic meter ( Elegiac metre but is also used for a Poem of mourning from the Greek Charles Blount (pr blunt) 1st Earl of Devonshire and 8th Baron Mountjoy (1563 &ndash 3 April 1606) served as Lord Deputy Christian IV ( 12 April, 1577 &ndash 28 February, 1648) was the king of Denmark and Norway from 1588 until his death  It is unknown whether either of these brought any financial remuneration to Ford; yet by June 1608 he had enough money to be readmitted to the Middle Temple.
Prior to the start of his career as a playwright, Ford wrote other non-dramatic literary works—the long religious poem Christ's Bloody Sweat (1613), and two prose essays published as pamphlets, The Golden Mean (1613) and A Line of Life (1620).  After 1620 he began active dramatic writing, first as a collaborator with more experienced playwrights — primarily Thomas Dekker, but also John Webster and William Rowley — and by the later 1620s as a solo artist. Thomas Dekker is the name of Thomas Dekker (writer (1572&ndash1632 Elizabethan poet and dramatist Thomas Dekker (actor (born 1987 John Webster (c 1580 &ndash c 1634 was an English Jacobean Dramatist, and a late contemporary of William Shakespeare. William Rowley was an English Jacobean Dramatist, best known for works written in collaboration with more successful writers
Ford is best known for the tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633), a family drama with a plot line of incest. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore is a Tragedy written by John Ford. It was likely first performed between 1629 and 1633 by Queen Henrietta's Men Incest refers to any sexual activity between closely related persons (often within the immediate family that is illegal or socially Taboo. The play's title has often been changed in new productions, sometimes being referred to as simply Giovanni and Annabella — the play's leading, incestuous brother-and-sister characters; in a nineteenth-century work it is coyly called The Brother and Sister.  Shocking as the play is, it is still widely regarded as a classic piece of English drama.
He was a major playwright during the reign of Charles I. Charles I, (19 November 1600 &ndash 30 January 1649 was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution. His plays deal with conflicts between individual passion and conscience and the laws and morals of society at large; Ford had a strong interest in abnormal psychology that is expressed through his dramas. Conscience is a hypothesized Ability or faculty that distinguishes whether our actions are right or wrong Law is a system of rules enforced through a set of Institutions used as an instrument to underpin civil obedience politics economics and society Morality (from the Latin la moralitas "manner character proper behavior" has three principal meanings A society is a Population of Humans characterized by patterns of relationships between individuals that share a distinctive Culture and Institutions His plays often show the influence of Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy. Robert Burton ( 8 February 1577 – 25 January 1640) was a English Scholar and Vicar at Oxford University The Anatomy of Melancholy (Full title The Anatomy of Melancholy What it is With all the Kinds Causes Symptomes Prognostickes and Several Cures of it While virtually nothing is known of Ford's personal life, one reference suggests that Ford's interest in melancholia may have been more than merely intellectual. Major depressive disorder, also known as major depression, unipolar depression, unipolar disorder, clinical depression, or simply depression The volume Choice Drollery (1656) asserts that
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As is typical for pre-Restoration playwrights, a significant portion of Ford's output has not survived. Lost plays by Ford include The Royal Combat and Beauty in a Trance, plus more collaborations with Dekker: The London Merchant, The Bristol Merchant, The Fairy Knight, and Keep the Widow Waking, the last with William Rowley and John Webster. Keep the Widow Waking is a lost Jacobean play significant chiefly for the light it throws on the complexities of collaborative authorship in English Renaissance drama
And there are possible or questionable attributions: The Laws of Candy, a play in the canon of Fletcher, may contain much of Ford's work. The Laws of Candy is a Jacobean stage play a Tragicomedy that is significant principally because of the question of its authorship John Fletcher (1579 &ndash 1625 was a Jacobean Playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was Scholars have also considered The Welsh Ambassador and The Fair Maid of the Inn as in part the work of Ford. The Fair Maid of the Inn is an early 17th-century stage play a Comedy in the canon of John Fletcher and his collaborators 
In 1940, critic Alfred Harbage argued that Sir Robert Howard's play The Great Favourite, or The Duke of Lerma is an adaptation of a lost play by Ford. Alfred Bennett Harbage ( July 18 1901 &ndash May 1976 was an influential Shakespeare scholar of the mid-20th century Sir Robert Howard (January 1626 – 3 September 1698) was an English playwright and politician born to Thomas Howard 1st Earl of Berkshire and his wife Harbage noted that many previous critics had judged to play suspiciously good, perhaps too good, for Howard; and Harbage pointed to a range of resemblances between the play and Ford's work.  The case, however, relies solely upon internal evidence and to-some-degree subjective judgements.