Bussy D'Ambois

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A tragedy by Chapman, written ?1604, published 1607. The most famous of Chapman's plays.

Bussy D'Ambois (in real life Louis de Bussy‐d'Ambois), a man of insolence and fiery courage, is raised from poverty and introduced to the court of Henri III of France by Monsieur, brother of the king, his protector. He quarrels with the king's courtiers, of whom he kills three in an encounter, and even with the duc de Guise. He embarks on an affair with Tamyra, wife of Montsurry (Montsoreau); Monsieur, who also desires Tamyra, betrays Bussy to Montsurry. Montsurry by torture forces Tamyra to lure Bussy into a trap; he is overpowered and killed, dying defiantly on his feet. (‘Here like a Roman statue I will stand | Till death hath made me marble.’) Chapman's sequel is The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois.

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George Chapman (1559—1634) poet and playwright