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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In the “General Prologue” to the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer tells us that “from every shires ende / Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende, /The hooly blissful martir for to seke” (15-17). Even after 1538 Canterbury remained the diocese ...
Through his clothing Gaveston aggressively flaunts his rapid social rise, and “'tis this that makes me impatient” (418), Mortimer Junior tells his uncle.The use of clothing to transgress social class made ...
Every historical narrative tells its story in a particular way, with its own ideological bias or slant. Holinshed's account provides a running moral commentary on the people and events of Edward's reign, converting them into (mostly ...
... the play fully politicizes his relationships with his male favourites. In the play's first scene Edward tells his barons that “I will have Gaveston, and you shall know / What danger 'tis to 26 INTRODUCTION.
In scene four Edward provocatively places Gaveston next to him after ascending to his throne and tells the audience of incensed barons that “Were he [Gaveston] a peasant, being my minion, / I'll make the proudest of you stoop to him” ...
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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