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I. The Chronicle Play is a peculiarly English Form-Its Difference

from other Historical Dramas-Supplies the Place of the Epic-

Treatment of National Annals by the Playwrights.-II. Shak-

spere's Chronicles-Four Groups of non-Shaksperian Plays on

English History.--111. Legendary Subjects-Locrine - The

History of King Leir.'--IV. Shakspere's Doubtful Plays—Prin-

ciples of Criticism-'The Birth of Merlin.'-V. Chronicle-Plays

Proper—'Troublesome Reign of King John'-'True Tragedy of

Richard III.'--' Famous Victories of Henry V.'—'Contention of

the Two Famous Houses.'—VI. • Edward II1.'—The Problem of

its Authorship-Based on a Novella and on History - The Superior

Development of Situations.--VII. Marlowe’s ‘Edward II.'--Peele's

Edward I. —Heywood's ‘Edward IV.?—Rowley's Play on Henry

VIII.–VIII. The Ground covered by the Chronicle Plays—Their

Utility-Heywood's 'Apology 'quoted.-IX. Biographies of Poli-

tical Persons and Popular Heroes-Sir Thomas More - Lord

Cromwell’—Sir John Oldcastle'--Schlegel's Opinion criticised

-“Sir Thomas Wyatt'-Ford's. Perkin Warbeck?—Last Plays of

this Species.--- X. English Adventurers--Fair Maid of the West'

- The Shirley Brothers - Sir Thomas Stukeley'-His Life

-Dramatised in The Famous History,' &c.—'Battle of Alcazar.: -

XI. Apocryphal Heroes—Fair Em'— Blind Beggar of Bethnal

Green'-Two Plays on the Robin Hood Legend-English Par-

tiality for Outlaws- Life in Sherwood - George a Greene'-Jon-

son's 'Sad Shepherd'-Popularity in England of Princes who

have shared the People's Sports and Pastimes.

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I. The Life of Marlowe-Catalogue of his Works.-11. The Father

of English Dramatic Poetry-He Fixes the Romantic Type--

Adopts the Popular Dramatic Form, the Blank Verse Metre of

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the Scholars-He Transfigures both Form and Metre-His

Consciousness of His Vocation.—III. The History of Blank Verse

in England - Italian Precedent - Marlowe's Predecessors -

Modern and Classical Metrical Systems—Quantity and Accent

- The Licentiate lambic — Gascoigne's Critique — Marlowe's

Innovations in Blank Verse-Pause-Emphasis-Rhetoric a Key

to good Blank Verse—The Variety of Marlowe's Metre.-IV.

His Transfiguration of Tragedy—The Immediate Effect of his

Improvements-He marks an Epoch in the Drama.-V. Colos-

sal Scale of Marlowe's Works-Dramatisation of Ideals-Defect

of Humour– No Female Characters.-VI. Marlowe's Leading

Motive-The Impossible Amour — The Love of the Impossible

portrayed in the Guise-In Tamburlaine-In Faustus--In

Mortimer-Impossible Beauty-What would Marlowe have made

of 'Tannhäuser'?—Barabas- The Apotheosis of Avarice.-VII.

The Poet and Dramatist inseparable in Marlowe-Character of

Tamburlaine.--VIII. The German Faustiad-Its Northern Cha-

racter—Psychological Analysis in ‘Doctor Faustus’—The Teu-

tonic Sceptic-Forbidden Knowledge and Power-Grim Justice

- Faustus and Mephistophilis—The Last Hour of Faustus--

Autobiographical Elements in ‘Doctor Faustus.'-IX. “The Jew

of Malta'--Shylock-Spanish Source of the Story-An Episode

of Spanish Humour-Acting Qualities of Marlowe's Plays.-X.

· Edward II.'—Shakspere and Marlowe in the Chronicle Play-

Variety of Characters—Dialogue-- The Opening of this Play-

Gaveston-Edward's Last Hours.--XI. “The Massacre at Paris'

- Its Unfinished or Mangled Text-Tragedy of Dido'-Hyper-

bolical Ornament-Romantic and Classic Art.--XII. Marlowe

greater as a Poet than a Dramatist-His Reputation with Con-


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