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First Reading

TerryF  •  Link

Emilio on Mon 29 Mar 2004
The Bloody Brother; or, The Tragedy of Rollo

L&M footnote: “The bloody brother, or Rollo, Duke of Normandy, a tragedy by John Fletcher and several others, written c. 1617; published 1639. Now at the [Theatre Royal], Vere St. The cast listed by Downes (pp. 5-6) includes Hart as Rollo, Kynaston as Otto, Mrs Corey as the Duchess and Mrs Marshall as Edith.”

And this from Bartleby ( http://www.bartleby.com/216/0513.… ):
“The date of The Bloody Brother, or Rollo, Duke of Normandy is uncertain; but it was probably produced about the year 1616. It is an effective drama, and was reckoned by Rymer with Philaster, The Maides Tragedy and A King and no King, as among the most celebrated tragedies of its age. Four authors seem to have been concerned in this play, and it is probable that the remarkable political reflections in the first scene of the fourth act are to be ascribed to Jonson. A small part only is by Fletcher, to whom, however, are due the striking scenes between Rollo and Edith in the third and fifth acts. Of the former of these scenes, Coleridge remarks that it exhibits ‘probably the grandest working of passion in all Beaumont and Fletcher’s dramas’; the latter he criticises severely because of the momentary weakening of Edith’s resolve, comparing her with lady Anne in Richard III.”

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Bloody Brother; or, Rollo; A Tragedy
LONDON, Printed for J. T. And Sold by J. Brown at the Black Swan without Temple-Bar. 1718.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Rollo Duke of Normandy, also known as The Bloody Brother, is a play written in collaboration by John Fletcher, Philip Massinger, Ben Jonson, and George Chapman. The title character is the historical Viking duke of Normandy, Rollo (lived 846-c.931). Scholars have disputed almost everything about the play; but it was probably written sometime in the 1612–24 era and later revised, perhaps in 1630 or after. In addition to the four writers cited above, the names of Nathan Field and Robert Daborne have been connected with the play by individual scholars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The tragœdy of Rollo Duke of Normandy Acted by His Majesties Servants. Written by John Fletcher Gent.
Fletcher, John, 1579-1625., Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637., Massinger, Philip, 1583-1640.
Oxford: Printed by Leonard Lichfield printer to the University, Anno 1640.
Early English Books Online [complete text]

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