The Mayor of Queenborough, or Hengist, King of Kent


ISBN: 9781854596369
Author: Thomas Middleton
Publication Date: 10/02/2005
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 172pp.

SKU: BK2300 Categories: , , , Tag:

Part of the Globe Quartos series, co-published with Shakespeare’s Globe marking their rediscoveries of forgotten plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

Middleton’s only surviving historical play weaves together two powerful stories: the spectacular rise and fall of the bloody-minded king Vortiger, and the legend of Hengist and Horsa.

Set in fifth century Britain struggling against the power of Rome, the play chronicles Vortiger’s despotic career; his ruthless murders, the violent betrayal of his British wife, the brutal wars against his own subjects, and an opportunistic but ultimately catastrophic alliance with the newly-arrived Saxons. The play also provides a striking comic subplot, involving Simon the tanner – the eponymous Mayor of Queensborough.

Edited by Howard Marchitello 

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