Three Revenge Tragedies: The Revenger's Tragedy; The White Devil; The Changeling

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Following Queen Elizabeth I's reign, the new court of King James was beset by political instability and moral corruption. This atmosphere provided fertile ground for the dramatists of the age, who explored the ways in which social decadence and the abuse of power breed resentment, leading inexorably to violent retribution. In Cyril Tourneur's The Revenger's Tragedy, the debauched son of an Italian Duke attempts to rape the virtuous Gloriana--a veiled reference to Elizabeth I. John Webster's The White Devil depicts a ...

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