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The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd
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The Spanish Tragedy, or Hieronimo is Mad Again is an Elizabethan tragedy written by Thomas Kyd between 1582 and 1592. Highly popular and influential in its time, The Spanish Tragedy established a new genre in English theatre, the revenge play or revenge tragedy. Its plot contains several violent murders and includes as one of its characters a personification of Revenge. The Spanish Tragedy was often referred to (or parodied) in works written by other Elizabethan playwrights, including William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Christopher Marlowe.
Many elements of The Spanish Tragedy, such as the play-within-a-play used to trap a murderer and a ghost intent on vengeance, appear in Shakespeare's Hamlet. (Thomas Kyd is frequently proposed as the author of the hypothetical Ur-Hamlet that may have been one of Shakespeare's primary sources for Hamlet.)

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By Thomas Kyd

Containing the lamentable end of DON HORATIO, and BEL IMPERIA: with the pitiful death of old HIERONIMO.

Newly corrected and amended of such gross faults as passed in the first impression.

At London

Printed by Edward Allde, for

Edward White


GHOST OF ANDREA REVENGE the Chorus. KING OF SPAIN. VICEROY OF PORTUGAL. DON PEDRO, the viceroy's brother. DON CIPRIAN, duke of Castile. HIERONIMO, knight marshall of Spain. BALTHAZAR, the Viceroy's son. LORENZO, Don Ciprian's son [and Bel imperia's brother]. HORATIO, Hieronimo's son. ALEXANDRO VILLUPPO lords of Portugal. PEDRINGANO, servant of Bel imperia. SERBERINE, servant of Balthazar. Spanish General, Portuguese Ambassador, Hangman, Soldiers, Attendants, &c. BEL IMPERIA, Lorenzo's sister. ISABELLA, Hieronimo's wife. PAGE. MESSENGER. CHRISTOPHEL. SERVANT. SENEX (DON BAZULTO). CITIZENS.

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