Marlowe’s Edward II

Marlowe’s Edward II

Marlowe’s Edward II?

A single line stood out as an effeminate and aging King was roused to a war–like stance —

Strike off their heads, and let them preach on poles!

    King Edward in Marlowe’s Edward II III.ii.20

Just such graphic imagery.

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After hearing all the plays through, twice now, I’m back at the beginning, and — obviously — I’ll be starting with Marlowe’s lamentable History of King Edward the 2nd, before jumping into an apocryphal — possibly very early — version of alleged Shakespeare’s Edward III.

Marlowe’s Edward II?

I really did like that line, “Strike off their heads, and let them preach on poles!”

Christopher Marlowe’s work is — to me — very similar to Shakespeare’s canon.

Of course, Marlowe’s Edward II is a tragedy, so it doesn’t end well for many of the characters.

Edward II – Christopher Marlowe

Edward II — Christopher Marlowe.

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