Edward the Second

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Broadview Press, Oct 15, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Depicting with shocking openness the sexual and political violence of its central characters’ fates, Edward the Second broke new dramatic ground in English theatre. The play charts the tragic rise and fall of the medieval English monarch Edward the Second, his favourite Piers Gaveston, and their ambitious opponents Queen Isabella and Mortimer Jr., and is an important cultural, as well as dramatic, document of the early modern period.

This modernized and fully annotated Broadview Edition is prefaced by a critical but student-oriented introduction and followed by ample appendix material, including extended selections from Marlowe’s historical sources, texts bearing on the play’s complex sexual and political dynamics, and excerpts from contemporary poet Michael Drayton’s epic rendition of Edward the Second’s reign.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology of His Life and Times
33
A Note on the Text
37
EDWARD THE SECOND
39
Marlowes Historical Sources
173
From Michael Drayton Mortimeriados The Lamentable Civil Wars of Edward the Second and the Barons 1596
187
The DianaActĉon Myth
199
On Friendship
205
Sodomy
219
Kings and Tyrants
229
Works Cited and Further Reading
243
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Mathew R. Martin is Full Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University.

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