Christopher Marlowe: The Plays and Their Sources

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This major work brings together, for the first time in a single volume, all the recognized sources of Marlowe's dramatic work. Many of the forty-two texts presented here are of outstanding interest in their own right. Together they illuminate the cultural milieu which fostered Marlowe's talent, and deepen our appreciation of his dramatic methods.

• Each of the texts is accessibly presented for the modern reader and is fully annotated.

• Works in Latin or foreign vernaculars are translated, many for the first ...

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Overview

This major work brings together, for the first time in a single volume, all the recognized sources of Marlowe's dramatic work. Many of the forty-two texts presented here are of outstanding interest in their own right. Together they illuminate the cultural milieu which fostered Marlowe's talent, and deepen our appreciation of his dramatic methods.

• Each of the texts is accessibly presented for the modern reader and is fully annotated.

• Works in Latin or foreign vernaculars are translated, many for the first time, and modern spelling and punctuation are used throughout.

• The sources for each play are examined individually and are thoroughly edited.
Few libraries provide the range of sources contained in this one volume. The editors include texts of works such as the English Faust-Book from which Marlowe borrowed heavily, and provide substantial extracts from other books with which he was no doubt familiar.
This book is an invaluable resource for all those interested in Marlowe and the development of Elizabethan theatre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415513234
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416

Table of Contents

Preface
Texts and sources
Introduction 1
Dido Queen of Carthage
1 The 'Aeneidos' of Virgil 25
2 Troy Book (1412-20) 53
3 Metamorphoses 58
4 The Heroical Epistles 60
5 Didone (1547) 63
Tamburlaine the Great
1 Silva De Varia Lecion (1542) 82
2 Magni Tamerlanis Scytharum Imperatoris Vita (1553) 97
3 De Dictis Factisque Memorabilis Collectanea . . . (1509) 123
4 Libro . . . della Origine de Turchi et Imperio delli Ottomanni (1529) 126
5 Elogia Virorum Bellica Virtute Illustrium . . . (1551) 132
6 The Ecclesiastical History, Containing the Acts and Monuments of Things Passed . . . (1570) 135
7 Beautiful Blossoms . . . (1577) 139
8 De Origine et Rebus Gestis Turcorum 142
9 Rerum Ungaricum Decades Quattuor Cum Dimidia . . . (1543) 144
10 Chronicorum Turcicorum . . . (1578) 151
11 The Practice of Fortification . . . (1589) 153
12 La Cosmographie Universelle de Tout Le Monde . . . (1575) 157
13 Orlando Furioso in English Heroical Verse (1591) 159
14 Jocasta . . . (1566) 165
Doctor Faustus
1 The History of the Damnable Life and Deserved Death of Doctor John Faustus 186
2 The Ecclesiastical History, Containing the Acts and Monuments of Things Passed . . . (1570) 239
3 The Conflict of Conscience . . . (1581) 242
The Massacre at Paris
1 A True and Plain Report of the Furious Outrages of France . . . (1574) 261
2 Memoires de L'Etat de France Sous Charles Neuvieme 274
3 La Vie et Faits Notables de Henri De Valois . . . (1589) 278
4 Merry Passages and Jests (c. 1650) 281
5 Histoire Universelle (1609) 282
6 Le Martyre des Deux Freres . . . (1589) 284
7 Les Cruautes Sanguinaires . . . (1589) 286
8 The True History of the Civil Wars of France . . . (1591) 287
The Jew of Malta
1 La Cosmographie Universelle de Tout Le Monde . . . (1575) 306
2 Calendar of State Papers (Venetian) (1585-91) 309
3 The Play of the Sacrament (c. 1460) 313
4 Respublica (1553) 315
5 The Three Ladies of London . . . (1584) 317
6 Das Wohlgesprochene Uhrteil, or der Jud Von Venedig 324
7 The Navigations, Peregrinations and Voyages Made Into Turkey . . . 329
8 The Fourth Part of Commentaries of the Civil Wars in France 333
9 Gratulationum Valdinensium Libri Quattuor (1578) 335
Edward II
1 The Third Volume of Chronicles . . . (1587) 351
2 The Annals of England . . . (1592) 373
3 The Chronicle of Fabyan . . . (1559) 379
Select bibliography 382
Historical table 392
Index to the introductions 394
Map showing 'The world of Marlowe's plays', drawn by Gareth Wyn Jones 400
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