(From the publisher):
Women Beware Women is among the most powerful and adroitly plotted of Jacobean tragedies. Written by Thomas Middleton, a later contemporary of Shakespeare, the play deals with topics of enduring fascination such as sexual and financial greed, the sexual exploitation of women by a manipulative older woman, murderous revenge and the sexual predatoriness of a man in a position of power. The storyline is based on the most public of Medici scandals in late sixteenth-century Florence, with the Grand Duke Francesco seducing and then marrying a beautiful Venetian runaway, after arranging the murder of her Florentine lower-class husband. The tragedy ends with a spectacular masque involving misdirected poison, flaming gold, poisoned arrows, poisoned smoke, physical mishaps and numerous deaths.
The concluding masque casts distorted light on the most lavish and expensive theatre form of the early seventeenth century, the court masque, beloved of the courts of James I and especially of his queen, Anna of Denmark. The implicit commentary offered by this scene, and much of the rest of the play, on contemporary manners and on contemporary sexual and financial greed, makes the tragedy of continuing interest to social and political historians. The abiding fascination of the English with all things Medicean and Florentine, as well as current preoccupation with the plight of a blindly amoral society, ensure the continuing relevance of Middleton’s play for modern day audiences.
Original title: Women Beware Women
Genre: Drama and Plays→ Tragedy
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Five Plays (1988) [Collection]
Author: Thomas Middleton