The Tragicall Fall of Proud Mortimer
Edward II, like Tamburlaine, is a peculiar mixture of history and de casibus tragedy. The pattern of rise and fall is evident in the examples of Gaveston and the Younger Spenser, of course, but is made most clear in the case of the Younger Mortimer. In Holinshed Mortimer does not play a particularly significant role until 1326, when he joins forces with Isabella (who, in fact, does not herself play a significant part in Edward’s reign until about 1325). In Marlowe’s play Isabella is practically forced into the arms of the Younger Mortimer because of flagrant rejection by her husband.
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