Thomas Kyd is best known for The Spanish Tragedy. This innovative drama, written around 1587, was the first popular blank verse drama on the English stage. Centred on the themes of revenge and injustice, it inspired the work of generations of playwrights including William Shakespeare.

Kyd was baptised in London on 6 November 1558. His father, Francis Kyd, was a Writer of the Court Letter. It was a profession commonly referred to as a scrivener or, pejoratively, noverint. Francis, who was Warden of the Scrivener's Company in 1580, his wife Anna and Thomas lived in Lombard Street in the thriving middle class business district around St Paul's Cathedral.

In 1565, Kyd began attendance at Merchant Taylors's …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Owens, Rebekah . "Thomas Kyd". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2008
[, accessed 26 November 2015.]

Articles on Kyd's works

  1. Cornelia
  2. Soliman and Perseda
  3. The Householder’s Philosophy
  4. The Spanish Tragedy

Related Groups

  1. Renaissance and Humanism
  2. English Renaissance Theatre - Elizabethan
  3. Revenge Tragedy