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Renaissance Drama: An Anthology of Plays and Entertainments, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1967-2
928 pages
January 2005, ©2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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This pioneering collection of non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama has now been updated to include more early material, plus Mary Sidney’s The Tragedy of Antony, John Marston’s The Malcontent and Ben Jonson’s Masque of Queens.
  • Second edition of this pioneering collection of works of non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama.
  • Covers the full sweep of dramatic performances, including State progresses and Court masques.
  • Contains material useful for courses on women playwrights or women in Renaissance drama, including Middleton’s Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling.
  • Includes plays and pageants not anthologised elsewhere, such as the coronation entries of Elizabeth I and Queen Anne, and Thomas Heywood’s ‘A Woman Killed with Kindness’.
  • For the second edition more early material has been added, such as Noah and The Second Shepherd’s Play.
  • The anthology now also includes Mary Sidney’s The Tragedy of Antony, John Marston’s The Malcontent and Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Queens.
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Brief Lives.

Chronology.

Maps.

The Oxfordshire St. George Play.

The Cycle Plays.

The Murder of Abel (Mactatio Abel) (Towneley Cycle).

Noah (Chester Cycle).

The Second Shepherds’ Play (Towneley Cycle).

JOHN HEYWOOD.

A Merry Play Between the Pardoner and the Friar, the Curate and Neighbor Pratt.

ANONYMOUS.

The Noble Triumphant Coronation of Queen Anne, Wife unto the Most Noble King Henry the VIII.

RICHARD MULCASTER.

The Queen’s Majesty’s Passage.

SIR PHILIP SIDNEY.

The Lady of May.

THOMAS KYD.

The Spanish Tragedy.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE.

The Tragical History of D. Faustus.

ANONYMOUS.

Arden of Faversham.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE.

The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second.

MARY SIDNEY, COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE.

The Tragedy of Antony.

THOMAS DEKKER.

The Shoemakers’ Holiday.

JOHN MARSTON.

The Malcontent.

ANTHONY MUNDAY.

The Triumphs of Re-United Britannia.

THOMAS HEYWOOD.

A Woman Killed with Kindness.

FRANCIS BEAUMONT.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle.

BEN JONSON.

The Masque of Queens.

THOMAS MIDDLETON.

A Chaste Maid in Cheapside.

JOHN WEBSTER.

The Duchess of Malfi.

BEN JONSON.

Bartholomew Fair.

ANONYMOUS.

The Barriers.

THOMAS MIDDLETON AND WILLIAM ROWLEY.

The Changeling.

JOHN FORD.

’Tis Pity She’s a Whore.

Further Background Reading.

Appendix: Cultural Documents.

I: The Chester Plays.

II: The Order of Corpus Christi Plays at Chester.

III: The Late Banns for Performance, Chester.

IV: Anne Boleyn’s Entry into London.

V: The History of a Most Horrible Murder Committed at Favershame in Kent.

VI: On the Prohibition of Plays.

VII: The Case Against Drama.

VIII: Stage Plays and Interludes, with their wickedness.

IX: The Life and Raigne of King Edward of Carnarvan.

X: The infortunate marriage of a Gentleman, called Antonio Bologna, with the Duchess of Malfi, and the pitifull death of them both.

XI: The Creation of Prince Charles.

XII: John Chamberlain, Letter to Dudley Carleton, August 21, 1624.

XIII: Exchequer Accounts, October 1, 1631--September 10, 1632.

XIV: A Survey of the Chambers and Societies of the Inns of Court.

XV: Women’s Roles.

Index of titles

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Arthur F. Kinney is Copeland Professor of Literary History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Director of the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies. He is the editor of A Companion to Renaissance Drama (Blackwell, 2002) and of the journal English Literary Renaissance. His other recent publications include Lies like Truth: Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment (2001), Shakespeare by Stages (Blackwell, 2002), and Shakespeare’s Webs: Networks of Meaning in Renaissance Drama (2004).
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  • Second edition of this pioneering collection of works of non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama.


  • Covers the full sweep of dramatic performances, including State progresses and Court masques.


  • Contains material useful for courses on women playwrights or women in Renaissance drama, including Middleton’s Chaste Maid in Cheapside, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling.


  • Includes plays and pageants not anthologised elsewhere, such as the coronation entries of Elizabeth I and Queen Anne, and Thomas Heywood’s ‘A Woman Killed with Kindness’.


  • For the second edition more early material has been added, such as Noah and The Second Shepherd’s Play.


  • The anthology now also includes Mary Sidney’s The Tragedy of Antony, John Marston’s The Malcontent and Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Queens.
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“Arthur Kinney’s superb anthology covers the full range of early modern performance in England … I have used it for undergraduate courses with great success; everything I needed in a single volume.” Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame [of the first edition]


“The new edition of Arthur Kinney’s Renaissance Drama is smashing … Kinney’s anthology reveals the rich and varied nature of theatrical culture in late medieval and early modern England. A great resource for teaching in both graduate and undergraduate courses.” Jean E. Howard, Columbia University


“… a first-rate piece of scholarly work” Fran Teague, University of Georgia

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