Edward the Second
Broadview Press, 15. 10. 2010 - Počet stran: 256
Depicting with shocking openness the sexual and political violence of its central characters’ fates, Edward the Second broke new dramatic ground in English theatre. The play charts the tragic rise and fall of the medieval English monarch Edward the Second, his favourite Piers Gaveston, and their ambitious opponents Queen Isabella and Mortimer Jr., and is an important cultural, as well as dramatic, document of the early modern period.
This modernized and fully annotated Broadview Edition is prefaced by a critical but student-oriented introduction and followed by ample appendix material, including extended selections from Marlowe’s historical sources, texts bearing on the play’s complex sexual and political dynamics, and excerpts from contemporary poet Michael Drayton’s epic rendition of Edward the Second’s reign.
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Though seductive and temporarily triumphant, these figures are ultimately destroyed—by themselves as much as by the forces to which they are opposed. From Tamburlaine to Edward the Second, however, the balance of power seems to shift ...
The scene's dialogue echoes the head-to-head collision of these two forces, concluding with the clash of identically phrased but opposite claims to political legitimacy.
Edward immediately annulled the Ordinances and reigned with a free hand with his two favourites, the Despensers, until 1326, when he was effectively dethroned after quickly losing a civil war against forces led by his disaffected queen, ...
In 1314 he led a large army against the Scots only to see his poorly organized forces crushed at the battle of Bannockburn. Subsequent forays were inconclusive, and in 1323 Edward concluded a thirteen-year truce with the Scots that ...
In contrast, in Edward the Second, “the public, political world is constituted and determined by private forces” (283). In Holinshed, for example, the common people play a role in the major events of Edward's reign.
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This is one of the plays we were supposed to read in a revenge tragedy course that I took, but after I had purchased it, the professor dropped it from the syllabus in favor of Titus Andronicus. My ... Přečíst celou recenzi
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Extremely funny in the way the complex plot comes together at the end. To me, the best of this series of revivals. Přečíst celou recenzi
A Brief Chronology of His Life and Times
A Note on the Text
EDWARD THE SECOND
Marlowes Historical Sources
From Michael Drayton Mortimeriados The Lamentable Civil Wars of Edward the Second and the Barons 1596
The DianaActæon Myth
Kings and Tyrants
Works Cited and Further Reading