The False One

By John Fletcher and Philip Massinger

Edited by Domenico Lovascio

The False One

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5163-6
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: August 2022
  • BIC Category: Literary studies: c 1400 to c 1600, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, DRAMA / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, The arts / Theatre studies, Literature & literary studies / Plays, playscripts, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
  • Series: The Revels Plays


Advertised in its Prologue as a prequel to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, Fletcher and Massinger's The False One is the first literary work completely to revolve around the affair between Caesar and Cleopatra. In its deployment of their liaison as a venue for the exploration and criticism of contemporary political manoeuvring and its high-spirited and pungent appropriation of Roman history, the play proves to be one of the most compelling Jacobean dramatizations of the classical past.

This Revels Plays edition offers the first fully annotated, single-volume critical edition of The False One, with a thorough introduction that provides new insights on the date and the theatre of the play's first performance, examines the playwrights' reworking of their sources and explores the theatrical potential of a play that has hitherto regrettably been lost to the dramatic repertory.


List of illustrations
General editors' preface
Abbreviations and references

Dating and authorship
A Blackfriars play?
Staging Rome: Republic and empire
The title
Critical reception
Stage history
The text
The false one
Appendix 1: Latin transcription of passages from Lucan's Pharsalia cited in the Commentary
Appendix 2: 'Look out, bright eyes, and bless the air'


Domenico Lovascio teaches English Literature at the University of Genoa in Italy

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