Edward II (play)

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Edward II
Edward2a.jpg
Title page of a 1594 edition
Written byChristopher Marlowe
CharactersKing Edward II
Queen Isabella
Piers Gaveston
Mortimer
Date of premiere1580s
Place of premiereLondon, England
Original languageEnglish
SubjectRegicide
Homosexuality
GenreHistory play
SettingEngland

The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer is a play by Christopher Marlowe. It is a history play. It was probably written no earlier than 1590. Marlowe's source was probably Holinshed's Chronicles. The play is about King Edward II's downfall and his homosexual passion for Piers Gaveston.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Marlowe, Christopher. (Richard H. Horne, ed.) The works of Christopher Marlowe, Volume 1. pp. xliii-xlvi.