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The Tragedy of Bussy D'Ambois (1603-07) is a Jacobean stage play written by George Chapman. Classified as either a tragedy or "contemporary history," Bussy D'Ambois is widely considered Chapman's greatest play, & is the earliest in a series of plays that Chapman wrote about the French political scene in his era, including the sequel The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, the t The Tragedy of Bussy D'Ambois (1603-07) is a Jacobean stage play written by George Chapman. Classified as either a tragedy or "contemporary history," Bussy D'Ambois is widely considered Chapman's greatest play, & is the earliest in a series of plays that Chapman wrote about the French political scene in his era, including the sequel The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, the two-part The Conspiracy & Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron, & The Tragedy of Chabot, Admiral of France. The play is based on the life of the real Louis de Bussy d'Amboise, who was murdered in 1579.


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The Tragedy of Bussy D'Ambois (1603-07) is a Jacobean stage play written by George Chapman. Classified as either a tragedy or "contemporary history," Bussy D'Ambois is widely considered Chapman's greatest play, & is the earliest in a series of plays that Chapman wrote about the French political scene in his era, including the sequel The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, the t The Tragedy of Bussy D'Ambois (1603-07) is a Jacobean stage play written by George Chapman. Classified as either a tragedy or "contemporary history," Bussy D'Ambois is widely considered Chapman's greatest play, & is the earliest in a series of plays that Chapman wrote about the French political scene in his era, including the sequel The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, the two-part The Conspiracy & Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron, & The Tragedy of Chabot, Admiral of France. The play is based on the life of the real Louis de Bussy d'Amboise, who was murdered in 1579.

30 review for Bussy D'Ambois

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahenobarbus

    There is a certain sinew & vigor in this poetry -- as one finds elsewhere in Chapman certainly -- that is a wonder to behold but potentially a devil to portray. The ascending flights of rhetoric on display, often sharply imagined, often woven like a net that demands admiration & subtle un-picking, must have been impressive & confounding to audiences. Dryden was a happy captive in the knots early on but snarled at the play's snares in later years. (Quote to come.) Stunning & gigan There is a certain sinew & vigor in this poetry -- as one finds elsewhere in Chapman certainly -- that is a wonder to behold but potentially a devil to portray. The ascending flights of rhetoric on display, often sharply imagined, often woven like a net that demands admiration & subtle un-picking, must have been impressive & confounding to audiences. Dryden was a happy captive in the knots early on but snarled at the play's snares in later years. (Quote to come.) Stunning & gigantic by turns unlike its stilt-walking sequel.

  2. 3 out of 5

    M.L. Rio

    Flamboyant villains, idiot courtiers, and rampant misogyny, without enough cleverness to make any of that entertaining. Why, Chapman. Why.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charles Berman

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jay

  5. 3 out of 5

    Rachel Vaughan

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Ervin

  8. 5 out of 5

    David Lewis

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vance

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hallie

  11. 5 out of 5

    CSly

  12. 5 out of 5

    Davy Kenney

  13. 5 out of 5

    Johnny B3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

  16. 3 out of 5

    Elena Andonova

  17. 3 out of 5

    Andrew

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  19. 3 out of 5

    Richard

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alessandra

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bill FromPA

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bernard Norcott-mahany

  23. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

  24. 3 out of 5

    Ryan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jay Eckard

  26. 3 out of 5

    Samuel Regueira

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sugh

  29. 5 out of 5

    The New Seed

    Chapman's plays often require more effort than those of his contemporaries, but it is worth it. One of the great writers of English. Farewell, brave relics of a complete man; Look up and see thy spirit made a star, Join flame with Hercules; and when though sett'st Thy radiant forehead in the firmament, Make the vast crystal crack with thy receipt; Spread to a world of fire; and th'aged sky Cheer with new sparks of old humanity.

  30. 4 out of 5

    M.R. Doyle

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