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A play by T. Middleton, written before 1616, not printed until 1778.

The plot concerns the revenge exacted by Rosamund in 572 on her husband Alboin, ruler of Lombardy, who has forced her to drink from a cup made from her father's skull. She calls on the assistance of Hecate. Part of the interest of the play lies in the comparison between Middleton's Hecate and the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Lamb in his Specimens indicated the difference between them.

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