The Massacre at Paris

By Christopher Marlowe

Edited by Mathew R. Martin

The Massacre at Paris

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1775-5
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2021
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 16th Century, DRAMA / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Early Modern Literature, Theatre Studies, Plays, playscripts, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature & literary studies / General, Literature & literary studies / Plays, playscripts
  • Series: The Revels Plays


This volume presents a modernised edition of Christopher Marlowe's critical engagement with one of the bloodiest and traumatic episodes of the French Wars of Religion, the wholesale massacre of French Huguenots in Paris in August, 1572. Sensorily shocking and intellectually gripping, the play's dramatic action spans a tumultuous two decades in French history to unfold for its audience the tragic consequences of religious fanaticism, power politics, and dynastic rivalry.

Comprehensively introduced and containing full commentary notes, this edition opens up this frequently neglected but historically significant and dramatically powerful play to student and scholar alike. The introduction examines such topics as the history of the massacre, the play's treatment of its sources, the play's dramatisation of trauma, and the play's exploration of notions of religious toleration.


The Massacre at Paris
Appendix: The Collier Leaf


Mathew R. Martin is Professor of English Language and Literature at Brock University, Canada

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