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Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois George Chapman(Author)

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Original name book: Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois

Pages: 234

Language: English

Publisher: Fili-Quarian Classics (July 12, 2010)

By: George Chapman(Author)

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  • By propertius on August 7, 2013

    It is unfortunate that many of the Elizabethan dramatists are forgotten due to the immense genius of a Shakespeare, Marlowe, or Jonson and the breadth and length of their shadows. The Tragedy of Bussy d'Ambois, is one of those plays. Chapman begins his work with two of the most touching lines in English drama ( lines 18 to 19, Act 1, scene 2) and it just gets better. Heavily influenced by Seneca (see T.S.Eliot's essays on Seneca and Elizabethan drama), this play may sound artificial to modern ears, but once your ear is acclimated to the language the reader will find it a sonorous tune.This edition admirably presents the works of Chapman and if I can be permitted a niggling complaint, it is that notes are not placed at the bottom of the page and navigation is a bit awkward. Nothing rivals the book "English Drama 1580-1642" edited by Brooke and Paradise, as an introduction to the drama of this period for the American student or reader in general. But if you would like an inexpensive introduction to Chapman, this is it.

  • By Michael Wischmeyer on March 2, 2008

    The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois (1611) is an unconventional revenge play that is sometimes cited as an example of anti-revenge drama. It has also been called political theater, one notable for its philosophical digressions. In his preface Chapman hints that the undramatic nature of his play was subject to criticism, admitting that "in the scenical presentation it might meet with some maligners".From a dramaturgy perspective George Chapman's difficulty is that of translating the resolute inwardness of his Stoic protagonist, Clermont, into a theatrical form. Much dramatic action occurs off stage with details learned through dialogue.I found George Chapman's work slower reading than other Jacobean plays. It was necessary for me to frequently refer to the explanatory notes. (I recommend the Oxford World's Classics edition titled Four Revenge Tragedies; the extensive introduction and notes compiled by Katherine Eisaman Maus are quite helpful.)My difficulty with The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois was not limited to Chapman's archaic vocabulary, unfamiliar topical allusions, and frequent references to Greek and Roman mythology. Chapman assumes that his Jacobean audience is familiar with the political situation in late sixteenth century France as well as with personages like Henry III, Monsieur (Duc d'Anjou), Guise, and Chatillon. His audience need not be told that although Henry is in firm control at the play's end, Henry would in reality be assassinated by his rivals within a year. The audience was also aware that this play is a loose sequel to Chapman's earlier play, Bussy D'Ambois (1607).The stoic Clermont D'Ambois takes minimal revenge for his brother Bussy's death, doing no more than challenging his brother's murderer, Montsurry, to a duel. He patiently and scrupulously follows the rules governing such duels, and dispassionately carries out his obligation of vengeance, avoiding the disproportionate excesses that characterize more conventional (and bloody) revenge tragedies like The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, and Titus Andronicus.The revenge itself seems secondary to Chapman's interest in elucidating Clermont's stoic philosophy, his concern with inner virtue, honor, and nobility, and his distain for outward appearances, wealth, and power. Obviously, Clermont was not a favorite of the royal court.In the first act we learn that Bussy D'Ambois had been murdered due to an illicit affair with Tamyra, wife of Montsurry. Tamyra's own desire for revenge is more obsessive than Clermont's. She has good reason as not only had her husband killed her lover Bussy, but he had also tortured her ("these tortured fingers and these stabbed through arms") into confessing her adulterous activities. Nonetheless, Montsurry and Tamyra continue to live together, although not entirely in harmony.Clermont's plan to duel Montsurry is derailed by the political scheming (and outright betrayal) by his false friend Baligny, Lord Lieutenant of Cambrai. Baligny says self-righteously to Henry: "Your highness knows that I will be honest, and betray for you brother and father, for I know, my lord, treachery for kings is truest loyalty,...". Furthermore, Baligny has falsely vowed to his wife Charlotte, sister to Bussy and Clermont, that he would avenge Bussy's death on her behalf.George Chapman's The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois proved to be an interesting counterbalance to more conventional revenge tragedies. I give this lesser known play four stars.Note: Chapman's two D'Ambois plays were published together in July, 2007 by Kessinger Publishing, LLC. This new edition, titled Bussy D'Ambois And The Revenge Of Bussy D'Ambois, is edited by Frederick S. Boas. I have not yet seen a copy.

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