Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 August 2009

208 Pages | 1 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719080425

Bookseller Code (06)


A King and No King

Beaumont and Fletcher

Lee Bliss

Published by Manchester University Press

Revels Plays MUP

  • This is the only scholarly edition of one of the best Renaissance plays
  • Beaumont and Fletcher were strongly influenced by Shakespeare, and in their turn were extremely influential in Restoration comedy and heroic drama
  • The introduction explores the play's sources, and reconsiders its relationship to its social and political context, as well as contemporary issues such as royal absolutism, good governance and the political role of the aristocracy
  • Provides the fullest available account of the play's stage history, and the reasons why its popularity was eroded after the eighteenth century
  • This is the play which established Beaumont and Fletcher as leading playwrights of the day, and tragicomedy as the favoured dramatic form of the seventeenth century