The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd

Hello Readers!

I know I’ve only just posted my review of The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (check that out here) but I’m on a bit of a role with my reading at the minute, and I’m even already half-way through my next book, Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (look out for my post on this in the next few days). So here we have my review of The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd.

Although The Spanish Tragedy was published and much-liked in the later 1500s, it wasn’t actually attributed to Kyd until nearly more than two decades after it was first produced. The play is a short-ish revenge tragedy, which may have given Shakespeare some influence in writing his plays, particularly Hamlet.

I’m going to go right ahead and say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this play, right up until the last Act. I found it engaging, interesting and I was really keen to keep reading, and then it got a bit weird and unnecessary for my liking. But that is often the way with me and revenge tragedies, although I am absolutely certain that I shall be bawling my eyes out as I watch Benedict Cumberbatch die on the 25th September! (See my post here for an explanation of this very strange remark.) As always I’ll start by describing the plot of the story, so watch out, readers, spoilers are headed your way!

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