Robert Greene: Selimus

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  • Brinda Charry

Selimus, Emperour of the Turks was published anonymously in a quarto edition in 1594. Most scholars agree that the play was written by Robert Greene, though sections of it are attributed to unknown collaborators. Greene probably composed the play in early 1588 when it was added to the repertoire of the Queen's Men.

Today Selimus is often categorized among one of the “Turk plays” of the English Renaissance. 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 besiege Vienna in 1683 – and make Euro-Muslim (or more specifically Euro-Turkish) encounters …

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Charry, Brinda. "Selimus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2007
[, accessed 04 July 2015.]

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  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Elizabethan