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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If the initial positions of the two characters emphasize the proper hierarchical relationship between subject and sovereign, however, their positions at the end of the scene foreground the destruction of that relationship.
Marlowe also makes effective use of the stage's depth to dramatize the complex relationship between public and private spaces in the play. In scene four, for example, Isabella draws Mortimer Junior apart from the rest of the barons in ...
The production dramatized the relationship between Edward and Gaveston as explicitly homosexual, and in the murder scene Lightborn kissed and embraced Edward before killing him.The Royal Shakespeare Company's 1990 production took the ...
Edward was 23 years old at the time; Isabella was 12. Edward I and Philip IV of France, Isabella's father, had negotiated the match in 1299 as part of their efforts to bring harmony to the relationship between the ...
... with the Spencers can be seen as similar attempts to carve out a private space away from the political sphere, in which he can enjoy or at least protect the intense personal relationships he has established with his male favourites.
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