The Maid's Tragedy is a play by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. It was first published in 1619.
Andrew Gurr, one of the play's modern editors, notes that the play "has that anomaly amongst Elizabethan tragedies, an original plot." Other critics have noted that the play introduces romance into the standard revenge tragedy, and that the play, even in its artificiality, has relevance to the disputes about authority that characterized relations between kings and Parliament in the decades leading up to the English Civil War. Due to its setting on the island of Rhodes, the play has also been read in light of sixteenth-century Ottoman military expansion in the Mediterranean.
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About the Author
T. W. Craik is Professor of English at the University of Durham
Table of ContentsPreface
The Maid's Tragedy
A. Sidney's Arcadia and The Maid's Tragedy
B. Four Plays in One and The Maid's Tragedy
C. Valerius Maximus and The Maid's Tragedy
Glossarial Index to the Commentary