The Spanish tragedy
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The Spanish tragedy

By Thomas Kyd
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The first fully-fledged example of revenge tragedy, the genre that became so influential in later Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, The Spanish Tragedy (1589) occupies a very special place in the history of English Renaissance drama. Hieronimo, Knight-Marshal of Spain during its war with Portugal, fails to obtain justice when his son is murdered for courting Bel-Imperia, the Duke of Castile's daughter, and decides to take justice into his own hands. In a scene replete with meta-theatrical implications, Hieronimo and Bel-Imperia stage a playlet with Portuguese and Spanish nobles as actors, stabbing them with real 'fake' daggers before they kill themselves. This edition, which appends the scenes that were added in 1602, discusses Elizabethan attitudes to revenge, the Senecan features of the play and the significance of the Anglo-Spanish conflict in the 1580s.

Table of Contents
  • THE SPANISH TRAGEDIE
  • 1587
    • Containing the lamentable end of DON HORATIO, and BEL-IMPERIA: with the pittiful death of olde HIERONIMO. Newly corrected and amended of such grosse faults as passed in the first impression.
      • Printed by Edward Allde, for
      • Edward White
  • DRAMATIS PERSONAE.
  • SCENE: Spain; and Portugal.
  • ACTVS PRIMVS.
  • [Prologue]
  • [ACT I. SCENE 2.]
  • [ACT I. SCENE 3.]
  • ACTUS SECUNDUS.
  • [ACT II. SCENE 1.]
  • [ACT II. SCENE 2.]
    • [The Duke's Castle]
  • [ACT II. SCENE 3.]
  • [ACT II. SCENE 4.]
  • ACTUS TERTIUS.
  • [ACT III. SCENE 1.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 2.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 3.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 4.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 5.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 6.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 7.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 8.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 9.]
  • [ACT III. Scene 10.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 11.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 12.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 13.]
  • [ACT III. SCENE 14.]
  • [ACT IV. SCENE 1.]
  • [ACT IV. SCENE 2.]
  • [ACT IV. SCENE 3.]
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