The Duchess of Suffolk (Early Modern Drama Texts) by Richard Dutton,Steven Galbraith

By Richard Dutton,Steven Galbraith

With the inaugural variation of the Early glossy Drama Texts sequence, Richard Dutton and Steven ok. Galbraith light up the one surviving paintings of playwright and actor Thomas Drue. First played through the Palsgrave’s males on the Fortune Theater in 1624, The Duchess of Suffolk dramatizes the exile of Protestant noblewoman Katherine Willoughby (1519–80) in the course of the reign of Catholic Queen Mary I (1516–58). Drawing from well known debts in works through John Foxe and Thomas Deloney, Drue created a story of exaggerated peril, because the Duchess and her partners are chased around the continent. The decorated historical past inspires many iconic figures of the Reformation, from the prestigious Oxford Martyrs Hugh Latimer, Thomas Cranmer, and Nicholas Ridley to Bishop Edmund Bonner, whose notorious attractiveness had earned him the soubriqet “bloody Bonner.” A tragicomic historical past, The Duchess of Suffolk nonetheless resonated while it was once written and played in early seventeenth-century England a few seventy years later.


With this quantity, Dutton and Galbraith supply a severe gear that situates The Duchess of Suffolk in old context and indicates a proof for its persisted resonance. They account for the play’s censorship in 1624 via detailing the way it evoked modern parallels to the debatable international coverage of King James I. extra particularly, the editors supply an creation that features a historic assessment of the writer, staging, printing, and reception. dealing with facsimiles of the unique are pages with the up-to-date textual content, entire with annotations to explain language and staging information. This variation of The Duchess of Suffolk may have whatever to provide to early sleek drama students in addition to students of ebook history.

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