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About the Book

The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama brings together ten non-Shakespearean Renaissance plays and a masque, making them easily accessible for the first time to students of English drama of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It offers a full introduction to Renaissance theatre in its historical and political context, along with newly edited and annotated texts of the following plays:

  • The Spanish Tragedy (Thomas Kyd)
  • Arden of Faversham (Anon.)
  • Edward II (Christopher Marlowe)
  • A Woman Killed with Kindness (Thomas Heywood)
  • The Tragedy of Mariam (Elizabeth Cary)
  • The Masque of Blackness (Ben Jonson)
  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Francis Beaumont)
  • Epicoene, or the Silent Woman (Ben Jonson)
  • The Roaring Girl (Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker)
  • The Changeling (Thomas Middleton & William Rowley)
  • 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (John Ford)

Each play is prefaced by an introductory headnote discussing the thematic focus of the play and its textual history, and is cross-referenced to other plays of the period that relate thematically and generically.

Why is it the right book for you?

  • the introductory material and headnotes have been market-tested to ensure they are as clear and useful as possible for teachers and students
  • great value for money and student-friendly
  • includes extensive suggestions for further reading and lists of useful websites
  • includes plays not currently available in affordable editions by playwrights such as Marlowe, Jonson, Heywood, Middleton and Beaumont.

The structure of the book

To facilitate students' further reading and research, the Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama contains a range of material which puts the plays and the Renaissance period in context. See below for a brief outline of this material.

Introductory material

Introduction: the introduction situates the plays and theatres of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in their social and cultural context, discussing:

  • pre-Renaissance theatre
  • the different kinds of playhouses
  • the plays that were performed in them
  • contemporary social, economic and political institutions
  • the play's engagement with these.

Further reading: comprehensive bibliography of titles relating to topics and issues raised in the introduction.
Chronology: timeline setting the plays in chronological relation to other significant historical and cultural events.

The plays

Headnotes: each play is prefaced with its own introductory headnote, discussing the thematic focus of the play and its textual history.
Further reading: each headnote is followed by a list of other editions of the play and selected criticism relating to it.
Works of related interest: each play included in this anthology is cross-referenced to other plays of the period that relate generically and/or thematically.
The plays: The text of each play has been fully edited and footnoted, and the spelling has been modernised.

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