if i may overgeneralize . . .

the Jacobean period in England was creepily like the USA at the end of the 20th century in some ways: a time of expansion, prosperity, and power (the Elizabethan thing in their case) was coagulating into paranoia and decadence. popular entertainment became preoccupied with violence and crime (Revenge Tragedy), in ever-increasing doses. as decadence deepened, popular religious agitators inveighed against it, and some people started listening. Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads loomed on the horizon.

fortunately, history doesn't often repeat itself verbatim.

Ja*co"be*an [From L. Jacobus James. See 2d Jack.]

Of or pertaining to a style of architecture and decoration in the time of James the First, of England.

"A Jacobean table."

C. L. Eastlake.


© Webster 1913.

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