Collections XVIII

Two Plays from ‘The Decameron’

Edited by Siobhan Keenan

Collections XVIII

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5238-1
  • Pages: 100
  • Publisher: The Malone Society
  • Price: £45.00
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, The arts / Theatre studies, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • Series: The Malone Society


Of all the tales to be found in Boccaccio's Decameron, the tragic story of King Tancred's efforts to frustrate the love of his daughter Gismond for Guiscardo, was probably the best known and most popular in Renaissance England. This Collections volume brings together the earliest texts of the first and last pre-1642 plays to deal with the lovers' story: the Inner Temple tragedy, Gismond of Salern (1568), and a much-revised play probably by amateur Warwickshire dramatist John Newdigate (1620s). It presents the first modern transcription of the Hargrave MS of Gismond of Salern and the first ever printed edition of Newdigate's untitled play, here named Glausamond and Fidelia.

Together, the plays offer fresh proof of the important influence of Boccaccio, and Italian literature on English Renaissance drama. They are also fascinating examples of the period's amateur drama, of interest to all scholars and students of early modern English theatre.


Gismond of Salern (MS Hargrave 205), edited by Adam Barker, Ella Hawkins,
Margaret Sharratt, Rachel Stewart, Jan Tasker, Alexander Thom, Jennifer
Waghorn, Sara Marie Westh, and Martin Wiggins
Glausamond and Fidelia (MS CR136 B766), edited by Kirsten Inglis


Siobhan Keenan is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at De Montfort University

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