Massacre at Paris

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A play by Marlowe written c.1592. The play deals with the massacre of Protestants in Paris on St Bartholomew's day, 24 August 1572. Its most memorable character is the Machiavellian duke of Guise. The massacre is depicted in a series of short episodes, a notable one being that in which the rhetorician Ramus is killed after a verbal onslaught by the Guise on his emendations of Aristotle. The Guise himself is eventually murdered at the behest of Henry III. The play concludes with the murder of Henry III and the succession of the (then) Protestant Henry of Navarre.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

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Christopher Marlowe (1564—1593) playwright and poet

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