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The Maid's Tragedy: Beaumont and Fletcher

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Generally acknowledged to be the most powerful of Beaumont and Fletcher’s plays and frequently performed by the best actors of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century, The Maid’s Tragedy (1610-11) disappeared from the stage (except in a much-altered and very successful Victorian adaptation) until recent years, when major companies have rediscovered its appeal. In this ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published June 12th 1999 by Manchester University Press (first published June 2nd 1619)
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This tragedy is steeped in the mores of its time. Such a comment might appear to be a statement of the obvious, but whereas Shakespeare and also Webster or Jonson within the compass of the mores and customs of their time, strain at the leash by the nature of their imagination and ability, this play is practically incomprehensible without taking on board what Salvador de Madariaga in his critique of Hamlet insisted was the "the age of Spain" and the religious and social beliefs of the time. Parad ...more
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The women of Beaumont and Fletcher’s unforgettable play bear the consequences of the scheming men around them. The power of true love falters when the King of Rhodes asks the noble Amintor to marry Evadne instead of his beloved Aspatia. When the lascivious reason for the King’s request comes to light, Amintor plots his revenge. But, blood will have blood, and one murder quickly multiplies into a bloodbath.

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Not one of Beaumont and Fletcher's best. I found the characters flat and the mix of comedy and tragedy to be off (and I'm someone who normally loves the period's propensity to stick comic characters in the middle of the most tragic of scenes).
Intente considerar el contexto histórico de la obra, ya que se considera que la trama es original entre las típicas obras de la época isabelina, y algunos críticos consideran que The Maid’s Tragedy es la primera en introducir el romance en la tragedia de venganza.
Personalmente creo que los autores hicieron la elección de representar a las mujeres como meros objetos, los personajes en general son dolorosamente unidimensionales y la trama se desenvuelve de manera poco dinámica.
Sometimes I just need to read a bloody, revenge tragedy to break up the monotony. Sadly, this page is rarely staged or even discussed, which is a crime since it is equal parts bawdy and bloody. With the girls doing most of the dirty work which is rare in the genre.
Feb 02, 2008 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of older drama
The style of this early 17th-century play is strikingly similar to Shakespeare - it's full of beautiful poetry and also has a daring plot. I'd definitely recommend it to anybody who likes reading old dramas. Now I'd really like to see it on stage.
Susanne Gruß
enjoyed the cross-dressing duelist and Evadne's transgressivity - but this is not my all-time-favourite Jacobean tragedy
David Loveland
Beautiful language and a captivating tale. Almost Shakespearean in many respects. One of the greatest plays of the era.
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Francis Beaumont (1584 – 6 March 1616) was a dramatist in the English Renaissance theatre, most famous for his collaborations with John Fletcher.

Beaumont was the son of Sir Francis Beaumont of Grace Dieu, near Thringstone in Leicestershire, a justice of the common pleas. He was born at the family seat and was educated at Broadgates Hall (now Pembroke College, Oxford) at age thirteen. Following the
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