“Just and Sharp Revenge”: The Question of Underworld Justice in “The Spanish Tragedy”

“‘Send him,’ quoth [Minos], ‘to our infernal king, / To doom him as best seems his majesty” (1.1.52-3). Nestled in the lengthy opening monologue by Don Andrea, these lines introduce the overarching question that Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy seeks to answer – the question of Don Andrea’s “doom.” In the underworld, Aeacus and Rhadamanth … Read more

Elizabethan food and drinks

The subject of food and drinks is important during the Elizabethan era because what was consumed during this time period, will affect what English people eat today. From the number of dishes eaten to the ways in which food was served was dictated by status: in the 16th-century in England, you truly were what you … Read more

Guarding the Forbidden Fruit: A Young Girl Clings to Her Virginity and Innocence

The narrator of Thomas Campion’s “There Is a Garden in Her Face” warns fellow admirers of a young girl’s beauty against taking advantage of her virginity. As indicated in the title, Campion uses words associated with gardens to describe the girl’s beauty; upon closer examination, it is clear that Campion is really describing the girl’s … Read more