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The Devil's Charter

The Devil's Charter

By Barnabe Barnes
Edited by Nick de Somogyi
Series: Globe Quartos
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854594051, 140 pages, April 1999


In the Globe Quarto series co-published with Shakespeare's Globe to mark the rediscovery of forgotten plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries.

The Devil's Charter is a Jacobean tragedy about Pope Alexander VI, one of the most controversial of the Renaissance popes, whose surname, Borgia, became a byword for libertinism and nepotism.

In the sensational history of the Borgias, Barnabe Barnes found a theme tailor-made for the dark and lurid imaginings of the Jacobean stage. And then he spiced it up a little.

The Devil's Charter was first performed by Shakespeare's company, the King's Men, in 1607. It was revived 390 years later in a semi-staged reading by Globe Education.

This edition of The Devil's Charter was prepared by Nick de Somogyi.