Philip Massinger: The Renegado (1185 words)

Brinda Charry (Keene State College)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error


The Renegado by English dramatist Philip Massinger was written either in late 1623 or early 1624, and performed in 1624 at the Phoenix Playhouse in London. It was evidently quite popular with contemporary audiences and re-enacted frequently through the 1630s.

Set in Tunis in North Africa, a city ruled by the powerful Ottoman Turks, The Renegado is one among the several Elizabethan and Jacobean plays described by modern scholars as “Turk plays” which have gained much scholarly attention in recent years. These plays draw their inspiration from European accounts of Turks and the Ottoman Empire, which was expanding through North Africa and Eastern Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and would …

Citation: Charry, Brinda. "The Renegado". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 May 2007 [, accessed 24 October 2021.]

21645 The Renegado 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here