✤ The Witch of Edmonton Author Thomas Dekker – Ivogue.co.uk



10 thoughts on “The Witch of Edmonton

  1. says:

    This was another play text I bought because it was one of the plays Beatrix Lehmann was in She performed as Winifred in the 1936 performance of the play at the Old Vic I thoroughly enjoyed reading this The play was written in 1621, the same year the actual Witch of Edmonton was executed for being a witch This version of the play had a good basic introduction to the history of witchcraft trials in the UK, as well as analysis of the play and some details of it s past performances It makes This was another play text I bought because it was one of the plays Beatrix Lehmann was in She performed as Winifred in the 1936 performance of the play at the Old Vic I thoroughly enjoyed reading this The play was written in 1621, the same year the actual Witch of Edmonton was executed for being a witch This version of the play had a good basic introduction to the history of witchcraft trials in the UK, as well as analysis of the play and some details of it s past performances It makes references to well known actors playing lesser roles including the 1936 production which mentions the character Beatrix plays but not her name It also includes an original reproduction of the actual court case and confession which was very interesting to contrast with the play.The play I thought was very good There was an awful lot being said about gender, social conditions and pover...


  2. says:

    Some call me a witch.And, being ignorant of myself, they go About to teach me how to become one A very dramatic play, full of love, murder and witchcraft but firmly situated within a realistic Elizabethan so...


  3. says:

    Not a fan Other than the talking devil dog this was pretty hard going.Might have a change of rating after studying it in a few weeks time but at the moment it s not looking hopeful


  4. says:

    Written in 1621, in the midst of dozens of witchcraft trials taking place in England, The Witch of Edmonton provides a fascinating insight into the happenings The play is inspired by a true event, but beyond the main character s name, Mother Elizabeth Sawyer, it bears little in common with its real world counterpart Instead of trying to stick to facts, the authors, Dekker, Ford and Rowley, choose to utilize their tragic comedy as a forum for commentating about various societal and religiou Written in 1621, in the midst of dozens of witchcraft trials taking place in England, The Witch of Edmonton provides a fascinating insight into the happenings The play is inspired by a true event, but beyond the main character s name, Mother Elizabeth Sawyer, it bears little in common with its real world counterpart Instead of trying to stick to facts, the authors, Dekker, Ford and Rowley, choose to utilize their tragic comedy as a forum for commentating about various societal and religious beliefs of the period The main way they accomplish this is through their use of two parallel plotlines detailing th...


  5. says:

    The Witch of Edmonton was the next play covered in my online course about early modern English theater It was very interesting in its portrayal of the title character apparently based on a real case contemporary with the play s writing in 1621 She essentially states that she was forced into witchcraft because her neighbors accused her of being a witch already This seems like an adept depiction of the mania about witchcraft in 17th century England and its colonies People found witches bec The Witch of Edmonton was the next play covered in my online course about early modern English theater It was very interesting in its portrayal of the title character apparently based on a real case contempora...


  6. says:

    I read this play for school, and was quite impressed It s not the typical type of book I read, but I still enjoyed it A great alternative if you want to hit up some old school drama, but are are sick of the Bard.


  7. says:

    Staggeringly good, the scene where the devil dog leads cuddy to the apparition is especially noteworthy for switching easily and effectively between cuddys rustic low comedy and the chilling words of the devil


  8. says:

    I just didn t like it It wasn t the Elizabethan language play was written centuries ago during Shakespeare s time because I regularly re read Shakespeare s sonnets and plays and am well versed in the language of the times It was that I thought the play was awful It centered around a young man who wants ...


  9. says:

    I don t usually enjoy reading plays from this era I had to read this for a graduate level British literature class, but I enjoyed it farthan most old British lit Of course I made long annotations in my own vernacular, which helped me better understand it, but it s still easier to read than Shakespeare or Chaucer or Spenser.I subjectively enjoyed this play because it was both funny and creepy, and I was able to see it all happening as it went along It did have a moral of the story, or mu I don t usually enjoy reading plays from this era I had to read this for a graduate level British literature class, but I enjoyed it farthan most old British lit Of course I made long annotations in my own vernacular, which helped me better understand it, but it s still easier to read than Shakespeare or Chaucer or Spenser.I subjectively enjoyed this play because it was both funny and creepy, and I was able to see it all happening as it went along It did have a moral of the story, ...


  10. says:

    This play was interesting I certainly like Mother Sawyer s portion of the plot, as I find her reasons for making a deal with the Devil understandable, and she is in general a sympathetic character who makes a lot of good points about the unfairness of her position in life The demon in the guise of a dog that serves her ...


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The Witch of Edmonton The Witch Of Edmonton Has Received Considerable Attention Recently Both From Scholars And Critics Interested In Witchcraft Practices And Also From The Directors In The Theatre The Play, Based On A Sensational Witchcraft Trial Of 1621, Presents Mother Sawyer And Her Local Community In The Grip Of A Witch Mania Reflecting Popular Belief And Superstition Of The Time This Edition Offers A Thorough Reconsideration Of The Text With A Complete Transcription Of The Original Pamphlet By Henry Goodcole This Edition Will Be Of Particular Interest Not Only To Students Of Renaissance Drama But Also Of The Cultural History Of The Seventeenth Century Open University Adopted Text For Their New Renaissance Drama Module.