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The Origins of the Stage Assassin I: 1558–1587

Martin Wiggins

in Journeymen in Murder: The Assassin in English Renaissance Drama

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112280
eISBN:
9780191670749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112280.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The early history of the assassin in Elizabethan drama can be traced to Thomas Preston's tyrant-play Cambises (c.1561), which includes two episodes in which the protagonist employs a pair of killers, ... More


Verge

George Oppitz-Trotman

in The Origins of English Revenge Tragedy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474441711
eISBN:
9781474465069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441711.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The Spanish Tragedy is widely considered a seminal work in English dramatic history, not only for its contemporary popularity but for its influence upon later secular tragedy. Nonetheless the role of ... More


‘Women’s Weapons’: Education and Female Revenge on the Early Modern Stage

Chloe Kathleen Preedy

in Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474414098
eISBN:
9781474449502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414098.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Female revengers feature in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, and George Chapman’s The Revenge of Bussy D’Ambois. Rather than pursuing vengeance by proxy these women ... More


‘Fabulously counterfeit’: ekphrastic encounters in Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy

Richard Meek (ed.)

in Ekphrastic encounters: New interdisciplinary essays on literature and the visual arts

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781526125798
eISBN:
9781526141965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526125798.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the figure of ekphrasis in Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, and focuses on the so-called ‘Painter scene’ that appears in the 1602 quarto. This is the most obviously ekphrastic ... More


The First Hired Assassins

Martin Wiggins

in Journeymen in Murder: The Assassin in English Renaissance Drama

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112280
eISBN:
9780191670749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112280.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

We have already seen that the success of The Spanish Tragedy was one of the factors behind the sudden popularity of episodes involving assassins in the late 1580s and early 1590s. Earlier plays — and ... More


Prologue to Some Great Amiss: The Prehistory of Hamlet

David Bevington

in Murder Most Foul: Hamlet Through the Ages

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199599103
eISBN:
9780191731501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599103.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The story of Hamlet begins with the Scandinavian work by Saxo Grammaticus, in The History of the Danes, ca. 1200, and continues down through a 16th-century version by Belleforest, an English version ... More


Turks and Tournaments: Kyd’s

Laurence Publicover

in Dramatic Geography: Romance, Intertheatricality, and Cultural Encounter in Early Modern Mediterranean Drama

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198806813
eISBN:
9780191844362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198806813.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter analyses Thomas Kyd’s little-known play Soliman and Perseda (1588–91), focusing on how Kyd shapes his Mediterranean world through literary and dramatic traditions. Contesting one ... More


Parallels and Poetry: Shakespeare, Kyd, and Arden of Faversham

MacDonald P. Jackson

in Determining the Shakespeare Canon: Arden of Faversham and A Lover's Complaint

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704416
eISBN:
9780191795299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704416.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

Several scholars have argued that Thomas Kyd, author of The Spanish Tragedy, wrote Arden of Faversham. Their case has been based mainly on the existence of verbal parallels between Arden and Soliman ... More


Affective Irony in The Spanish Tragedy, Titus Andronicus, and The Merchant of Venice

Steven Mullaney

in The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226547633
eISBN:
9780226117096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226117096.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter introduces a new way of thinking about the anti-mimetic role that affective point-of-view played in early modern English theatrical performance. Works of drama written in this period ... More


‘She’s Turned Fury’: Women Transmogrified in Revenge Plays

Janet Clare

in Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474414098
eISBN:
9781474449502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414098.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores early modern responses to Hecuba, arguing that whereas Euripides’ Hecuba is a sympathetic tragic heroine and successful avenger, this model was not replicated in early modern ... More


Teaching Revenge: Social Aspirations and the Fragmented Subject of Early Modern Conduct Books

Emily L. King

in Civil Vengeance: Literature, Culture, and Early Modern Revenge

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781501739651
eISBN:
9781501739668
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739651.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Chapter one argues that the genre of conduct literature participates in the cultural transition from private vengeance to the monarchy’s centralization of revenge by training young subjects in the ... More


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