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Edward II

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By: (1564-1593)

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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EDWARD THE SECOND

By Christopher Marlowe

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

KING EDWARD THE SECOND. PRINCE EDWARD, his son, afterwards KING EDWARD THE THIRD. KENT, brother to KING EDWARD THE SECOND. GAVESTON. ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY. BISHOP OF COVENTRY. BISHOP OF WINCHESTER. WARWICK. LANCASTER. PEMBROKE. ARUNDER. LEICESTER. BERKELEY. MORTIMER the elder. MORTIMER the younger, his nephew. SPENSER the elder. SPENSER the younger, his son. BALDOCK. BAUMONT. TRUSSEL. GURNEY. MATREVIS. LIGHTBORN. SIR JOHN OF HAINAULT. LEVUNE. RICE AP HOWEL. ABBOT. MONKS. HERALD. LORDS, POOR MEN, JAMES, MOWER, CHAMPION, MESSENGERS, SOLDIERS, and ATTENDANTS.

QUEEN ISABELLA, wife to KING EDWARD THE SECOND. NIECE to KING EDWARD THE SECOND, daughter to the DUKE OF GLOCESTER. LADIES.

Enter GAVESTON, reading a letter.

Gav. My father is deceas'd. Come, Gaveston, And share the kingdom with thy dearest friend. Ah, words that make me surfeit with delight! What greater bliss can hap to Gaveston Than live and be the favourite of a king! Sweet prince, I come! these, thy amorous lines Might have enforc'd me to have swum from France, And, like Leander, gasp'd upon the sand, So thou wouldst smile, and take me in thine arms... Continue reading book >>


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