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Subject of a tragedy (1569) by T. Preston, which illustrates the transition from the morality play to the historical tragedy. It is founded on the story of Cambyses (king of Persia) in Herodotus; its bombastic grandiloquence became proverbial and is referred to in 1 Henry IV, ii. iv.

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