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Journeymen in Murder: The Assassin in English Renaissance Drama

Martin Wiggins


Torture and murder are the sort of dirty jobs that rich and powerful men have always considered beneath them. In sixteenth and seventeenth-century English drama, they often employed others to take care of that side of the business of being a villain. Such characters developed from being minor but memorable Elizabethan bit-parts into key figures in some of the greatest Jacobean tragedies: The White Devil, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Changeling. This book shows how assassins, embroiled though they are in violence and intrigue, often served to address issues of political and moral concern in th ... More

Keywords: English Renaissance, drama, torture, murder, assassins, tyranny, playgoers, Jacobean tragedies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112280
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Wiggins, author
University of Birmingham