Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 May 2009

288 Pages | 7 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719080661

Bookseller Code (06)


The works of Richard Edwards

Politics, poetry and performance in sixteenth century England

Ros King

Published by Manchester University Press

Revels Plays Companion Library MUP

  • Richard Edwards was a poet beloved by his contemporaries and regarded as the most influential dramatist before Shakespeare
  • Includes fully annotated critical editions of Edward's play, Damon and Pythias, poems and songs (some never before printed and some newly ascribed), and a detailed account of the staging of his spectacular lost play, Palamon and Arcyte, performed before Queen Elizabeth I at Oxford, with eye-witness accounts of her reactions
  • Re-evaluates the role of theatre and poetry during a particularly turbulent and dangerous period in English history
  • New approach to the modernisation of the spelling and punctuation of sixteenth century poetry makes it easy for students to read Completely new look at the history of English drama identifying the 'missing link' between medieval drama and Shakespeare