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Edward the Second

Christopher Marlowe

Book Overview: 

Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan tragedy focuses on the downfall of King Edward II, whose love for his favorite courtier, Piers Gaveston, leads to rebellion.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Y. Mor. Fair queen, forbear to angle for the fish
   Which, being caught, strikes him that takes it dead;
   I mean that vile torpedo, Gaveston,
   That now, I hope, floats on the Irish seas.
Q. Isab. Sweet Mortimer, sit down by me a while,
   And I will tell thee reasons of such weight
   As thou wilt soon subscribe to his repeal.
Y. Mor. It is impossible: but speak your mind.
Q. Isab. Then, thus;—but none shall hear it but ourselves.
                                               [Talks to Y. Mor. apart.
Lan. My lords, albeit the queen win Mortimer,
   Will you be resolute and hold with me?
E. Mo. . . Read More

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Marvelous! It’s been years since I binged on the complete works of Shakespeare, and I’d forgotten just how wonderful renaissance theater could be. Christopher Marlow was, of course, one of Shakespeare’s rivals, and a worthy one at that. Edward II is just as good as Shakespeare’s finer histories, and

Despite some beautifully written lines and an interesting topic, this play didn't accumulate to much. I found it fascinating, but ultimately not very satisfying. The portrayal of homoerotic/ homosexual relationship is an interesting choice of topic for a play. It seems terribly advanced for its time

Aside from the fact that I will see it performed at the Globe Theater in March, I didn't know much about Edward II when I picked it up. While I'm still looking forward to the performance, Christopher Marlowe's Edward II falls short in a number of areas. Some of the language is interesting, but the m

Tragedie istorică în cinci acte, surprinzând întreaga domnie a regelui Eduard al II-lea al Angliei. Marlowe comprimă realitatea istorică, din considerente de spaţiu. Opera merită citită, dacă nu pentru cunoaşterea romanţată a istoriei în sine, cel puţin pentru sentimentul de frustrare dobândit în ur

This is not so much a review of Edward II as jotting down a few shafts of memory before they completely dissipate.

In November 1969, I went to see a performance of Edward II at "Leeds Grand", a very old, ornate theatre dating from 1878. I was interested in the playwright Christopher Marlowe, as I was

"Cual Juno en delirio llenaré el campo de murmullos, de suspiros y gritos; pues tras Ganimedes no chocheo Júpiter tanto como él tras el maldito de Gaveston"
Me gusto mucho y también me sorprendió esta tragedia. ¿Recuerdan a aquel príncipe homosexual y apocado de la película "Corazón Valiente" hijo de

This is a marvellous play; it is clearly an equal to any of Shakespeare’s histories. It’s such a shame Marlowe had his life cut short; he could have been a real rival to Shakespeare if he wrote more. He’s only got a few plays compared to Shakespeare’s forty or so. He just didn’t write enough before

I wish I could love Edward II. Not only is its treatment of passionate male friendship unique in Renaissance English Drama, but its plotting is exemplary, its rhetoric disciplined, its imagery restrained, and—perhaps its greatest achievement—it expertly summons a coherent historical vision, calling

What I've learned? When it comes to choosing between your kingdom and a pretty boy, you should probably choose your kingdom. Not that I would, but that probably just strengthens the point.

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