Edward II

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Marlowe's "history play" which focuses on the reign of Edward in 14th-century England. The last of Marlowe's great dramas, often considered his masterpiece.
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Editorial Reviews

Ian Munro University of California
"This is a first-rate edition of an increasingly important play. Mathew Martin's editing of the quarto text of Edward the Second is detailed and thoughtful, with copious, insightful annotations, and his critical introduction lucidly explores the play's theatrical contexts, historiographical concerns, and thematic imperatives. The extensive appendices that conclude the volume are invaluable for understanding the larger historical, political, and sexual contexts of the work. All in all, this is an edition that will greatly benefit both the student reader and the experienced scholar."
Ian McAdam University of Lethbridge
"Mathew Martin's new edition of Edward the Second will serve well the needs of students. The introduction contains a succinct and helpful summary of the pertinent aspects of Marlowe's life and of the practical concerns of the Elizabethan stage, details the reign of the historical Edward II, and considers early modern and postmodern evaluations of "sodomitical" relationships. Appendices offer important cultural contexts, including passages from Marlowe's historical sources in Holinshed and Stow, Michael Drayton's very different poetic account of Edward's reign, a selection of early modern versions of the tradition of amity (or friendship between men), and Renaissance legal and moral descriptions of sodomy."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781161429510
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/23/2010
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Mathew Martin is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Brock University.

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Table of Contents

Christopher Marlowe: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Edward II
Appendix A: Marlowe's Historical Sources
1. From Raphael Holinshed's The Third Volume of Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (1587)
2. From John Stow's The Annals of England (1592)
Appendix B: From Michael Drayton's Mortimeriados (1596)
Appendix C: The Diana-Act├Žon Myth
1. From Arthur Golding's The XV Books of P. Ovidius Naso (1567)
2. Sonnet V of Samuel Daniel's sonnet sequence Delia (1592)
Appendix D: On Friendship
1. Thomas Elyot's "The True Description of Amity or Friendship" (1580)
2. From Francis Bacon's Essay XXVII, "Of Friendship" (1625)
3. From Richard Barnfield's "The Tears of an Affectionate Shepherd Sick for Love" (1594)
Appendix E: Sodomy
1. "An act for the punishment of the vice of buggerie"
2. From Edward Coke's The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England (1644)
3. From Philip Stubbes's The Anatomy of Abuses (1583)
4. From Thomas Beard's The Theatre of God's Judgements (1597)
Appendix F: Kings and Tyrants
1. From An Homily Against Disobedience and Wilful Rebellion (1570)
2. From Hugh Languet's Vindiciae contra Tyrannos: A Defence of Liberty against Tyrants (1648)
3. From James VI and I of Scotland and England's The True Law of Free Monarchies (1603)
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