The Spanish Tragedy
The "revenge" play became the most durable and commercially successful type of drama on the Elizabethan stage. This example by Thomas Kyd, who was one of the originators of the genre, brings to life the intrigues of the Spanish court, dramatically juxtaposing romantic passion with sudden violent death and clandestine politics. The ghost of Dan Andrea and his guide Revenge observe the dark and bloody action throughout, provoking questions about the nature of the human condition.
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Acheron Aeacus Aeneid Alexandro Ambassador arbour audience Bashaw Bel-imperia bliss blood brave brother conceit dead deed Don Balthazar Don Horatio doth Duke of Castile earth ecphrasis Enter HIERONIMO entreat Erasto Exeunt Exit eyes fair father favour fear fortune give grace grief Hades Hamlet hanged Hangman hate hath hear heart heavens hell honour hope Horatio's death Isabella Jaques justice King Knight Marshal knight of Rhodes Kyd's liege live look lord Lorenzo and Balthazar means murder onstage Painter passion Pedringano Pedro Perseda Phlegethon play play's pleasure plot Portingale Portugal Portuguese Prince Balthazar prisoner Proserpine ransom revenge play reward Rhadamanth Robert Garnier scene Seneca Serberine shalt sirrah slain Soliman sorrow soul Spanish Tragedy speak stab stage stand stay sweet tears tell thee there's thine things Third Watch Thomas Kyd thou hast unto Viceroy villain Villuppo Watch words wounds