Four Revenge Tragedies
Katharine Eisaman Maus
Oxford University Press, 1998 - Drama - 426 pages
The Revenge Tragedy flourished in Britain in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy helped to establish the popularity of the genre, and it was followed by The Revenger's Tragedy, published anonymously and ascribed first to Cyril Tourneur and thento Thomas Middleton. George Chapman's The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois and Tourneur's The Atheist's Tragedy appeared soon after. Each of the four plays printed here defines the problems of the revenge genre, often by exploiting its conventions in unexpected directions. All deal with fundamental moral questions about the meaning of justice and the lengths to which victimized individuals may go to obtain it, whileregistering the strains of life in a rigid but increasingly fragile social hierarchy. Under the General Editoriship of Dr Michael Cordner, of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation.
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ALEXANDRO AMBITIOSO Andrea Atheist's Tragedy AUMALE BALIGNY Balthazar Bel-imperia BELFOREST blood body BORACHIO Bussy d'Ambois CASTABELLA CASTILE CASTIZA CATAPLASMA CHALON Charlemont CHARLOTTE CLERMONT Countess court D'AMVILLE dead death dost doth double entendre DUCHESS duke duke's e'en Enter Exeunt Exit eyes faith father favour fear Fresco ghost give grace GRATIANA grief Guise hand HANGMAN hast hath heart heaven Hieronimo HIPPOLITO honour Horatio Isabella JUNIOR BROTHER justice king kiss lady Languebeau Snuffe LEVIDULCIA live lord lordship LORENZO LUSSURIOSO lust madam MAILLARD methinks Monsieur Montferrers MONTSURRY murder NOBLE PEDRINGANO play pleasure Portingale prince prithee Renaissance RENEL Revenge of Bussy revenge plays revenge tragedy Revenger's Tragedy ROUSARD SEBASTIAN Serberine SERVANT sexual slain soldiers Soquette soul Spanish Tragedy spirit SPURIO SUPERVACUO sweet TAMYRA tears tell thee there's thine things thought tongue true twas VICEROY villain Villuppo VINDICE virtue words Y'are