Kyd's Spanish Tragedy, 1615


Revenge tragedies were extremely popular during the 1580s. This is one of the most influential examples of the genre, which later inspired Shakespeare when he was writing Hamlet. The Spanish Tragedie was written by Thomas Kyd, probably between 1582 and 1592.

The two plays certainly have much in common, including a ghost who calls for revenge and even a faithful sidekick called Horatio. However by the end of the 1590s the genre was getting a little tired and Shakespeare needed to use the old conventions in new ways to hold his audience’s interest.

Full title:
The Spanish Tragedie: Or, Hieronimo is mad againe
1615, London
Book / Quarto / Woodcut / Illustration / Image
Thomas Kyd
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