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The Spanish Tragedy (1585)
by Thomas Kyd
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0713667923, Paperback)
The first fully-fledged example of revenge tragedy, the genre that
became so influential in later Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, The
Spanish Tragedy (1589) occupies a very special place in the history of
English Renaissance drama. Hieronimo, Knight-Marshal of Spain during
its war with Portugal, fails to obtain justice when his son is murdered
for courting Bel-Imperia, the Duke of Castile's daughter, and decides
to take justice into his own hands. In a scene replete with
meta-theatrical implications, Hieronimo and Bel-Imperia stage a playlet
with Portuguese and Spanish nobles as actors, stabbing them with real
'fake' daggers before they kill themselves. This edition, which appends
the scenes that were added in 1602, discusses Elizabethan attitudes to
revenge, the Senecan features of the play and the significance of the
Anglo-Spanish conflict in the 1580s.
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