Thomas Sackville: Gorboduc

(1953 words)
  • Sudeshna Kar Barua (Gokhale Memorial Girls' College)

On the 18th of January 1561, the Queen of England watched the gentlemen of the Inner Temple perform a play written by two members of her Parliament, Thomas Sackville and Thomas Norton. It was the inaugural performance of Gorboduc, the first tragedy written in the English language and also the first full-length secular English play that had severed all ties with the Church and the Churchyard. Nine months after this performance, probably on 22nd of September 1561, the first text of Gorboduc was published and William Griffith’s version was later followed by John Day or Daye’s 1570 edition.

For the plot of their tragedy Sackville and Norton must have turned to Geoffrey of …

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Kar Barua, Sudeshna. "Gorboduc". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 May 2008
[, accessed 01 December 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Elizabethan
  2. Revenge Tragedy