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Journeymen in Murder: The Assassin in English Renaissance Drama

Martin Wiggins

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112280
eISBN:
9780191670749
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112280.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Torture and murder are the sort of dirty jobs that rich and powerful men have always considered beneath them. In sixteenth and seventeenth-century English drama, they often employed others to take ... More


Introduction

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/9780198112280.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The assassin, suborned to do another villain's murders, is one of the most recurrent minor figures in plays written during the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I. Evidently, murder plots ... More


Assassins Outside Drama

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/9780198112280.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Since time immemorial, the rich and powerful have used others to do their killing. Sixteenth-century Europe was no exception. It was in Spain and Italy that the hiring of assassins was most ... More


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


The Assassin and his Employer

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/9780198112280.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

It follows from the circumstances of the assassin's birth into English drama, delivered out of the indirect language of prose sources, that, early on, his role was a secondary one. He has the ... More


Murder by Decree

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/9780198112280.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

One of the concerns which the stage assassin focused, from Cambises onwards, was tyranny. According to many humanist thinkers, the principal bulwarks against tyranny were a good education and good ... 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


Honourable Murderers

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/9780198112280.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

By 1600, the assassin needed no introduction to playgoers: allusions in early seventeenth-century plays tell us that he was a stock character, whose participation in murder plots could be taken for ... More


The Sophistication of the Stereotype

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/9780198112280.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

In general, early Jacobean dramatists were less explicitly moralistic than their Elizabethan predecessors. Their plays deal with villainy not in order to brand as unethical certain forms of political ... More


Webster's Killers

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/9780198112280.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The Renaissance courts of John Webster's tragedies swarm with assassins. The plays depict a society in which aristocratic lust and honour pursues its intrigues through murder. Hired killers are the ... More


The Assassin in Decline

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/9780198112280.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

In the period of nearly three decades between The Duchess of Malfi and the closure of the theatres in 1642, only one play made important and original use of the assassin: Thomas Middleton and William ... More


Ismaili History and Historiography: Phases, Sources and Studies

Farhad Daftary

in A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748609048
eISBN:
9780748671281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609048.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

After describing the main phases in Ismaili history, this chapter investigates Ismaili historiography covering the major categories of sources. Different genres of texts produced by the Ismaili ... More


The Alamūt Period in Nizārī Ismaili History

Farhad Daftary

in A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748609048
eISBN:
9780748671281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748609048.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter covers the history of the early Nizārī Ismailis who separated from the Musta'lian Ismailis on the death of the Fatimid caliph-imam al-Mustanṣir in 487/1094. It focuses on the career of ... More


How Fighting Ends: Asymmetric Wars, Terrorism, and Suicide Bombing

Audrey Kurth Cronin

in How Fighting Ends: A History of Surrender

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199693627
eISBN:
9780191741258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.003.0028
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

In campaigns involving suicide terrorism, individual operatives and parent societies can rarely ‘surrender’ in the conventional wartime sense; however, terrorist organizations sometimes terminate ... More


Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China

Eugenia Lean

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247185
eISBN:
9780520932678
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247185.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

In 1935, a Chinese woman by the name of Shi Jianqiao murdered the notorious warlord Sun Chuanfang as he prayed in a Buddhist temple. This riveting work of history examines this well-publicized crime ... More


Our Lady of the Assassins and Levinas’s Ethics as First Philosophy

Edward Lamberti

in Performing Ethics Through Film Style: Levinas with the Dardenne Brothers, Barbet Schroeder and Paul Schrader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474444002
eISBN:
9781474476621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444002.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores Barbet Schroeder’s violent and romantic Spanish-language Colombian drama Our Lady of the Assassins (2000). The film, based on the 1994 novel by Fernando Vallejo, tells the story ... More


Highbrow Ambivalence: Fear of the Masses and Feminized Sentiment

Eugenia Lean

in Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247185
eISBN:
9780520932678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247185.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

Although it describes a contemporaneous crime of passion that featured a female assassin by the name of Liu Jinggui, the epigraph for this chapter illustrates how, despite public interest in them, ... More


Conclusion

Eugenia Lean

in Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247185
eISBN:
9780520932678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247185.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book has taken Shi Jianqiao's case as a particularly effective vantage point from which to ask how the most intimate structures of the modern self, including morality and feelings, were linked ... More


Hanjian (Traitor)! Collaboration and Retribution in Wartime Shanghai

Wakeman Jr Frederic

in Becoming Chinese: Passages to Modernity and Beyond

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520219236
eISBN:
9780520924413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines retribution in Shanghai, China, during the war in the 1930s and 1940s. It offers a close look at patriotic deeds on the streets of Shanghai as wild-eyed young men were recruited ... More


Assassins

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter looks at Assassins (1990). This piece is a revue about the motives of American president killers, and is depicted as one of Sondheim's most overtly tuneful works. It was a physically ... More


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