English Historical Drama, 1500–1660

Forms Outside the Canon

  • Teresa Grant
  • Barbara Ravelhofer

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Teresa Grant, Barbara Ravelhofer
    Pages 1-31
  3. Janette Dillon
    Pages 32-57
  4. Michael Ullyot
    Pages 98-124
  5. Barbara Ravelhofer
    Pages 179-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 202-206

About this book


Many readers today associate the early modern history play with Shakespeare. While not wishing to ignore the influence of Shakespeare, this collection of essays explores other historical drama between 1500 and 1660, covering a wide range of different formats. An introduction provides a survey of current criticism, exploring both early modern and contemporary definitions of the 'history play'. Individual essays in chronological order discuss a wide variety of possible sources for historical drama, ranging from oral traditions to chronicles. They also explore genres outside the canon which think of 'history' in different ways, such as shows, moralities and closet drama.


drama reformation Seneca

Editors and affiliations

  • Teresa Grant
    • 1
    • 2
  • Barbara Ravelhofer
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Renaissance TheatreUK
  2. 2.Centre for the Study of the RenaissanceUniversity of WarwickUK
  3. 3.Durham UniversityUK
  4. 4.Centre for History and EconomicsUniversity of CambridgeUK

Bibliographic information