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The Island Princess

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
New RSC Classics series highlights rarely performed Tudor and Jacobean plays.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Nick Hern Books (first published April 1st 1647)
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Marnie Cannon
Nov 08, 2016 Marnie Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about The Island Princess is we are FINALLY given a female character during this time frame who has her own voice. #FemaleEmpowerment -- am I right?! In the class I've been reading this play for, the readings before now have continually focused on male characters who just walk all over the female characters and brutally control the female identity. Except The Sea Voyage, but even in that play there is still a drastic change when the right guy comes along and all thoughts of ...more
Sep 04, 2008 Susanna rated it liked it
Unlike Shakespeare, who wrote for the aristocracy and the groundlings, Fletcher wrote specifically for the gentry. In light of the rise of colonialism, this play reveals a very interesting dynamic between England and Algeria. It's pretty cool to read something by a contemporary of Shakespeare that doesn't read like Shakespeare. I liked it, and found his portrayal of Quisara, the beautiful Moorish princess humane and interesting.
Jun 28, 2011 Alison rated it liked it
Last night's reading was The Island Princess, set in the Spice Islands. Spices played no role, however, and I was disappointed by the gap between the story and what I have read about the region at this time (although I realize that is not the point of a play). Luckily my crash course in Jacobean drama has now come to a close, and I can return to lighter fare!
Mike Jensen
Sep 15, 2012 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
Honestly, this is a weird-ass play. It is not without interest for its genre, use of Christianity, and center of undying love, but my single reading left me shaking my head at the strangeness of the story. Three stars is a first impression. Perhaps my readings and study of secondary sources will bring a mature appreciation.
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John Fletcher (1579–1625) was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivalled Shakespeare's.

In 1606, he began to appear as an author for the Children of the Queen's Revels, then performing at the Blackfriars The
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