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Am reading Arden of Faversham. It is hilarious.

There is a murder in the works where a man is going to be killed by his cheating wife. The wife has hired a portrait painter, he is making a picture that will poison him when he looks at it! The painter explains that he will wear dark glasses when he paints it, so it can't kill him! He is also going to put rhubarb up his nose...

This is better than the Spanish Tragedy, more understandable. It reads like crazy science fiction.

It was based, apparently on a true crime of the time. There was an actual murder, recounted in Holinshed. Kyd just took the facts and ran away with them in the best way.

Great fun!

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ba1126
Jul. 24th, 2015 01:54 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to look for that one! I love murder mysteries!
eglantine_br
Jul. 24th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh you should read it. It feels as if it could have happened last week!
steepholm
Jul. 24th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
I love that play! Not only is it based on real events, the house where it took place is still there.
eglantine_br
Jul. 24th, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
Wow. This is what I love about LJ. Not only does somebody know what I mean, they can provide a picture of the house! It is quite splendid too.

Maybe if I ever get to your side of the world I could go and see it. (Maybe you could go too?)

Who do you think wrote it? Or maybe it was a team thing? It does not feel quite like WS. I was assuming Kyd. But the combo of sad and ouchy-funny feels like Kit so I don't know?
steepholm
Jul. 25th, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
I don't know Kent well at all, and would love to see Arden's house.

I suspect a collaboration - at least, some of the speeches from Alice and Mosby seem to be of quite a different order from the bumbling hitmen scenes (which read like a dry run for Home Alone in places).
charliecochrane
Jul. 25th, 2015 11:51 am (UTC)
Great bums on seats stuff!
anteros_lmc
Jul. 26th, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
I must say, that sounds highly entertaining! I must add it to the reading list :)
kittycallum
Jul. 30th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
That sounds brilliant, and practically like a Blackadder episode! Exactly what is the purpose of this rhubarb?
eglantine_br
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
I think it was to counteract any poisonous vapors. It was mostly a medicine back then. Of course it gives the mental image of a guy trying to do art while wearing sunglasses inside and having two giant stalks of rhubarb up his nostrils! (Life was hard for the early moderns!)
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