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The Jew of Malta


First published as "The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta"

The Famous Tragedy of The Rich Iew of Malta. As it was playd before the King and Qveene, in His Majesties Theatre at White-Hall, by her Majesties Servants at the Cock-pit. Written by Christopher Marlo. London; Printed by I. B. for Nicholas Vavasour, and are to be sold at his Shop in the Inner-Temple, neere the Church. 1633.

The famous tragedy of Barabas, the Jew of Malta, who has amassed more wealth than the entirety of Malta. His fortune is seized by his enemy the Governor of Malta, Ferneze, so that he may bribe the Turkish Warlords and prevent Malta from being invaded at a time when the tiny country provided a strategic military position and important trade routes through the Mediterranean. This drama greatly depicts the tragedy of a man who is forced into fighting dark deeds, with dark deeds.--Submitted by Ben Douglas

A Maltese Jew's barbarous revenge against the city authorities, has a prologue delivered by a character representing Machiavelli. It was probably written in 1589 or 1590, and was first performed in 1592. It was a success, and remained popular for the next fifty years. The play was entered in the Stationers' Register on 17 May 1594, but the earliest surviving printed edition is from 1633.

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