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Beaumont and Fletcher's Works - Volume 7

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Jul. For ought I know yet, you are welcome Sir.
Bel. Read that, and tell me so: or if thy spectacles be not easie,
Keep thy nose unsadl'd, and ope thine ears;
I can speak thee the contents, I made 'em;
'Tis a challenge, a fair one, I'll maintain't:
I scorn to hire my Second to deliver't,
I bring't my self: Dost know me, Julio?
Jul. Bellides?
Bel. Yes: is not thy hair on end now?
Jul. Somewhat amaz'd at thy rash hardiness;
How durst thou come so near thine enemy?
Bel. Durst?
I dare come nearer: thou'rt a fool, Julio.
Jul. Take it home to thee with a knave to boot.
Bel. Knave to thy teeth again: and all that's quit:
Give me not a fool more than I give thee,
Or if thou dost, look to hear on't again.
Jul. What an encounter's this?
Bel. A noble one:
My hand is to my words, thou hast it there,
There I do challenge thee, if thou dar'st be
Good friends with me; or I'll pro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Simply excellent. Well-crafted story with a wickedly biting humor. This one's a must-read.

I found this play very interesting as one of Shakespeare's contemporaries. The plot left me confused as to what was going to happen at times. I definitely had some "huh?" moments while reading. It was a fast read and enjoyable.

Tragicomedy - written in a tragic mode with the exception of certain comic characters until the plot is resolved in a mistaken parentage plot. Jacobean Incest!

This is a captivating play with beautiful language. Each character, even the smallest ones, have depth, and the emotional journeys the characters undergo is moving and feels real. The struggle between the morally correct and sinfully pleasurable is invigorating rather than by the numbers, primarily

Read as part of the Shakespeare Institute's "Extra Mile" online readathon in the lockdown summer of 2020.

Wow, what a play. Incest is at the heart of the main plot, which makes it very Jacobean, though the couple involved have never met as adults and turn out (view spoiler)[not to be siblings after all. A real Star (hide spoiler)]

This is better than the quarto edition only to the extent that it has an informative introduction that will help you understand this very strange play. It is also a nicely edited text, but I prefer texts to be unedited.

Plays like this really show the general goodness of various plays from Shakespeare's contemporaries. A King and No King is a bit difficult of a play to understand at times, especially because the comic subplot is so physical, but overall a very enjoyable play. It deals with vexed philosophical and m

“A King and No King” by Beaumont and Fletcher, the Gilbert and Sulivans of Jacobean drama, is said to have been extremely popular at the time it was produced and for many years after that. I do not understand why this should be so, for the psychology of “A King and No King” is implausible, the plot

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