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The Duchess of Malfi Kindle Edition
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Although it is believed that this was popular enough in its day, due to differences in fashion and thought it was neglected for a while, and then interest was revived, making it something that is studied, performed and discussed up to the present day.
The Duchess of the title is a widow but still quite young, but when she secretly marries and has children this does not go down well with her two brothers, one a Cardinal, and the other Ferdinand, who as we read this we can see there is a certain feeling of lust and incest within him, towards his sister.
And so we are drawn into a world of romance, greed, abuse of power, corruption, adultery, murder and eventually madness. As this tale plays out on the page so we can see a world that has not changed much since with the same issues ones that we can read in the news every day. Dark and macabre throughout we can only wonder at the fortitude of the Duchess as her brothers’ actions lead her into mental torture and anguish, and beyond.
This fell out of fashion due to the senseless violence and cruelty portrayed here, but it was this that also arguably brought it back into the eyes of the public, as it mirrors what we see and know happens around us. In a world that at times can seem cruel and senseless with people out to get what they can this should always be something that people will read and take notice of.
With just a very, very short introduction it is effectively just the text of the script and nothing else: valuable for reading or a reference but not for study purposes. As with most plays it appears cluttered on a standard Kindle screen and would not be an ideal vehicle for learning lines if you were to be acting one of the parts.
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