French Renaissance Tragedy (2577 words)

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Theater intrigues scholars because it gives an invaluable window into history, culture, and literature, an insight especially fitting for French Renaissance Tragedy. This era, mid-to-late-sixteenth-century France, saw not only the birth of French tragedy but also a major evolution of French theater. The civil and religious conflicts in France during the late sixteenth century prevented the formation of a formal theater, an institution that had to await a Richelieu and a more stable France. The only fixed theater was the Hôtel de Bourgogne in Paris, where a stage and other annexes were added in 1548 by the famous Confrères de la Passion. The confrères had intended to stage mystery plays; …

Citation: Moots, Brian. "French Renaissance Tragedy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 January 2018 [, accessed 15 August 2020.]

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