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A tragi‐comedy by Marston, published 1604(with additions by Webster).

The central character is Altofronto, banished Duke of Genoa, disguised as the malcontent Malevole; in this role he reveals to his successor Pietro that he is being deceived by his wife Aurelia, and watches over the attempts of the Machiavellian Mendoza to supplant Pietro, to banish Aurelia, and to marry Altofronto's own wife, Maria. After much intrigue Altofronto reveals himself to the by now penitent Pietro, and the two expose Mendoza's villainy and regain their own wives. The exposure of court corruption, lust, and greed is harshly satiric.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

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John Marston (1576—1634) poet and playwright

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