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Prologue to Some Great Amiss: The Prehistory of <i>Hamlet</i>

David Bevington

in Murder Most Foul

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599103
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731501 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599103.003.0002
Prologue to Some Great Amiss: The Prehistory of Hamlet

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The story of Hamlet begins with the Scandinavian work by Saxo Grammaticus, in The History of the Danes, ca. 1200, and continues down through a 16th-century version by Belleforest, an English version of the same, a lost Hamlet play ca. 1590 perhaps by Thomas Kyd, and a German touring version called Der Bestrafte Brudermord, Fratricide Punished. Shakespeare's sources were thus varied and complex.

Keywords: Saxo Grammaticus; Belleforest; lost Hamlet play; Thomas Kyd; Fratricide Punished

Chapter.  7152 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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