Edward the Second

Edward the Second The last of Marlowe s great dramas often considered his masterpiece

  • Title: Edward the Second
  • Author: Christopher Marlowe Ernest Rhys
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 204
  • Format: ebook
  • The last of Marlowe s great dramas, often considered his masterpiece.

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    1. This is a marvellous play; it is clearly an equal to any of Shakespeare’s histories. It’s such a shame Marlowe had his life cut short; he could have been a real rival to Shakespeare if he wrote more. He’s only got a few plays compared to Shakespeare’s forty or so. He just didn’t write enough before he died; it’s a real tragedy because he had the talent to do so much more. Well, anyway, this is still superb regardless of Marlowe’s short repertoire of writing. I love the tragic eleme [...]

    2. I wish I could love Edward II. Not only is its treatment of passionate male friendship unique in Renaissance English Drama, but its plotting is exemplary, its rhetoric disciplined, its imagery restrained, and—perhaps its greatest achievement—it expertly summons a coherent historical vision, calling forth the essential events from a myriad of incidents in order to convey a few hard political truths. In addition, not only did Marlowe’s portrait of a weak, self-indulgent monarch inspire Shake [...]

    3. This is not so much a review of Edward II as jotting down a few shafts of memory before they completely dissipate.In November 1969, I went to see a performance of Edward II at "Leeds Grand", a very old, ornate theatre dating from 1878. I was interested in the playwright Christopher Marlowe, as I was studying "Doctor Faustus". My boyfriend had a school trip to see Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, and I was allowed to tag along. (He in turn got to tag along on one of my schools trips later - to se [...]

    4. Tragedie istorică în cinci acte, surprinzând întreaga domnie a regelui Eduard al II-lea al Angliei. Marlowe comprimă realitatea istorică, din considerente de spaţiu. Opera merită citită, dacă nu pentru cunoaşterea romanţată a istoriei în sine, cel puţin pentru sentimentul de frustrare dobândit în urma relevării unor caractere înzorzonate cu grade ereditare, pioase şi de o uscatime aristocratică, figuri ce conduc destinele atâtor oameni şi în numele cărora se moare fără [...]

    5. What I've learned? When it comes to choosing between your kingdom and a pretty boy, you should probably choose your kingdom. Not that I would, but that probably just strengthens the point.

    6. A story of sex and politics15 February 2014 My first encounter with this play was a movie that I watched once on SBS (the Special Broadcasting Commission for you non-Australians – this television station specialises in foreign and art-house programs, and soccer, however it has earned the moniker of 'Sex before Soccer' because a lot of the foreign movies are quite saucey) and I would have to say that this movie pretty much falls into the category of 'gay cinema'. Now, because I am not homosexua [...]

    7. Like Shakespeare's Richard II, Edward is an ineffective ruler but not an evil one; Richard prized luxury and pleasure, Edward is blinded by his love for a male commoner. Contrary to what one might think, it's not his homosexuality which offends the nobles (they comment is a typical "weakness" of rulers and noble minds, remembering Alexander or Socrates) but his choice of a low class lover.Edward is unable to play his cards well and his wife and subjects rebel against him, murdering his beloved. [...]

    8. The 1970 stage adaptation of this play stars Sir Ian McKellen and James Laurenson. It is perfection!Your lover or your kingdom you decide

    9. Warning: this review contains major spoilers!(view spoiler)[So i was like this d, tired, sick of studying. suddenly boome professor started talking about the life of Christopher Marlowe, so this man is a bad-ass latterly, he was murdered when he was only 29. He was a double spy who served the quin Elizabeth who saved him from getting into prison by interfering a lot of times, and who belonged to a dangerous group called "The School of Night." He took the PHD and the Ma Student. He was a very dan [...]

    10. "Cual Juno en delirio llenaré el campo de murmullos, de suspiros y gritos; pues tras Ganimedesl no chocheo Júpiter tanto como él tras el maldito de Gaveston"Me gusto mucho y también me sorprendió esta tragedia. ¿Recuerdan a aquel príncipe homosexual y apocado de la película "Corazón Valiente" hijo del rey apodado piernas largas? Bueno pues ese es Eduardo II. Esta tragedia me permitió conocer una parte de la historia de Inglaterra que ignoraba. Pues parece que su amor por el noble franc [...]

    11. estoy en SHOCK general con esta obra eh(me la he leído teniendo delante la versión de Ian McKellen de 1970)

    12. An interesting historical play on "The troublesome reign and lamentable death of Edward the Second, King of England; with the tragical fall of proud Mortimer", by Shakespeare´s contemporary and rival, Kit Marlowe.Nowadays, it is probably inevitable to start by comparing the two authors; in the case of this play perhaps the closest comparison would be to Shakespeare´s Richard II, which indeed is sometimes said to have been inspired by Marlowe´s drama. Both plays are based on similar chronicles [...]

    13. It’s always interesting to listen to Elizabethan plays which aren’t Shakespeare. It lets you see how much of the grandeur of his work is based one what, back then, was a sort of national style. Marlowe does good work here, and the readers in the Librivox version are great, but he’s let down a little by the historical events he’s chosen to portray, and the political slant he takes. Basically this is the period where Edward II is infatuated with Piers Gaveston, and splits his realm in half [...]

    14. The edition of Edward II I read was the New Mermaid Series one, which had a very good and informative introduction, and has the spelling modernized. The spelling modernization extends to place names as well as general terms. I am not sure how I feel about spelling modernization, as it is nice to see how the work was originally spelled, but it made the work very easy to read. The play itself is amazing, very engaging even though it is a history, and is mostly based on things that actually happene [...]

    15. From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Richard Burton narrates the playwright's chronicle of the English Crown. Marlowe's Edward II faces rebellion. Stars John Hurtc/programmes/b01gxn5p

    16. I want to begin my saying that I love this play, and I love Christopher Marlowe. Like many, I presume, I have long been familiar with Marlowe as the arch-rival to Shakespeare. However, as literary study and interest often puts more emphasis on the works of Shakespeare, I had previously never ready any of Marlowe's. It was a real pleasure to discover to discover another great playwright, one clearly deserving of his status as competitor to one of the most celebrated writers in the English canon. [...]

    17. Edward II is a great play. Yet it cannot be a rival to any of Shakespeare's Histories. It is a play on (gay) sex and politics.

    18. 3 stars instead of the 4 the play probably deserves only because my edition had endnotes instead of footnotes, which was endlessly frustrating and flow-obstructing. Not the play's fault, but the experience (unfairly) tainted the play in my first reading of it. Edward IIis less boisterous than any of the other Marlowe plays I've read, which given the subject - the deposition of King Edward II because of his low-class and homosexual love affair with Piers Gaveston - makes sense. Despite the bawdy [...]

    19. Wow. Such a boring play. Edward II comes off as a whining idiot. His affection for Gaveston is pathetic and I cannot believe he lasted as king for more than a few weeks. I am not entirely familiar with Edward II as a real person, therefore I cannot comment much on this representation of his character. It does make me wonder how he would react to it though. In this play, he is portrayed as a love sick idiot who is so taken by a man that he forsakes his wife. There is much more to it, but that is [...]

    20. I saw this play at London's National Theatre, so this is as much a play review as a script review. Although the play has its faults, Marlowe expresses the love between the King and his male lover so tenderly that it is SO moving, even to a non- gay like myself. Hanging over this is the knowledge that this is a doomed love, and it must all end with Edward's cruel murder. This play is a part of gay London's history, as it was put on in the sixties ((I think about '69), when people were still reluc [...]

    21. I remember reading EDWARD II in class while studying A-Level English Literature. We got a lot of out fun of it. I was playing Edward and a buddy of mine was Gaveston. We were 16 year olds so you can imagine the laughs we had.Looking back, this was a strong, solid play and almost as good as the stuff Shakespeare was writing during the same period. The level of ultra violence is there as well as the telling of a genuine historical story. I only knew Edward as that guy in BRAVEHEART who got chucked [...]

    22. This excellent student edition is a good place to begin with Marlowe and this thrilling play. I think editor Martin Wiggins is quite right that Edward's downfall came not because he was homosexual, but because of the political mistakes he made in giving away favors, taxing the barons, and taking advantage of them. He may do much of this because he shows favor to his lovers, but those who bring about Edward's downfall tolerate his lovers until Edward's actions affect them. Great insight into a gr [...]

    23. What a historical figure.How adorable, how pleasing love is.The intimacy of two men regardless of disparate backgrounds, regardless of hostile and evil attitudes.Love is love.Love is love.Edward's inner world, naivety that grasp my whole attention.What a great reading experience it was.

    24. Written in 1594 with a slightly cryptic typeset where 'f' is 's' and 'f', 'VV' is 'W,' 'u' is 'v' and 'u,' etc yet after a few pages the conversion of letters becomes almost automatic. Long play, large cast of characters, with important death scenes too briefly brushed away. Yet this is a rare play that is able to turn a villain into a hapless human being and a virtuous hero into a villain.

    25. I love Marlowe, and this is one of his best - confusingly heartbreaking and brilliant and incredible. Edward's speech in Act 3 Scene 2 (lines 128-47) is so fantastically bombastic that I just want to have it played on loop constantly. If I had a one-use time machine I would 100% spend my singular journey preventing Marlowe's premature death.

    26. An interesting glimpse at English Renaissance homosexuality and an interesting study on the nature of kingship and rebellion.

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