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I. The Chronicle Play is a peculiarly English Form-Its Difference

from other Historical Dramas-Supplies the Place of the Epic-

Treatment of National Annals by the Playwrights.-II. Shak-

spere's Chronicles-Four Groups of non-Shaksperian Plays on

English History.-111. Legendary Subjects— Locrine’_“The

History of King Leir.'-IV. Shakspere's Doubtful Plays—Prin-

ciples of Criticism-'The Birth of Merlin.'- V. Chronicle-Plays

Proper—'Troublesome Reign of King John'-'True Tragedy of

Richard 111.'—'Famous Victories of Henry V.'-'Contention of

the Two Famous Houses.'-VI. Edward 111.'—The Problem of

its Authorship-Based on a Novella and on History--The Superior

Development of Situations.--VII. Marlowe’s ‘Edward II.'--Peele's

' Edward I.'-Heywood's 'Edward IV.?—Rowley's Play on Henry

VIII.–VIII. The Ground covered by the Chronicle Plays—Their

Utility-Heywood's 'Apology quoted.-IX. Biographies of Poli-

tical Persons and Popular Heroes-- Sir Thomas More'Lord

Cromwell'— Sir John Oldcastle'-Schlegel's Opinion criticised

---Sir Thomas Wyatt'-Ford's 'Perkin Warbeck?—Last Plays of

this Species.--. X. English Adventurers--'Fair Maid of the West'

_'The Shirley Brothers’— Sir Thomas Stukeley'—His Life

- Dramatised in The Famous History,' &c.—“Battle of Alcazar.'-

XI. Apocryphal Heroes—Fair Em'-'Blind Beggar of Bethnal

Green'— Two Plays on the Robin Hood Legend-English Par-

tiality for Outlaws- Life in Sherwood—George a Greene'-Jon-

son’s ‘Sad Shepherd Popularity in England of Princes who

have shared the People's Sports and Pastimes.

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CHAPTER XI.

DOMESTIC TRAGEDY.

1. Induction to 'A Warning for Fair Women :-Peculiar Qualities of

the Domestic Tragedy—Its Realism-Its Early Popularity--

List of Plays of this Description—Their Sources.-II. Five Plays

selected for Examination--Questions of disputed Authorship-

Shakspere's suggested part in Three of these—The different

Aspects of Realism in them.-III. ' A Warning for Fair Women'

- The Story-Use of Dumb Show-- Bye-Scenes—Handling of the

Prose-Tale--Critique of the Style and Character-Drawing of this

Play— Its deliberate Moral Intention.—IV. ‘A Yorkshire Tragedy

- The Crime of Walter Calverley-His Character in the Drama

-Demoniacal Possession.-V. “Arden of Feversham :-Diffi-

culty of dealing with it-Its Unmitigated Horror-Fidelity to

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CHAPTER XV.

MARLOWE.

1. The Life of Marlowe-Catalogue of his Works.-II. The Father

of English Dramatic Poetry-He Fixes the Romantic Type--

Adopts the Popular Dramatic Form, the Blank Verse Metre of

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the Scholars-He Transfigures both Form and Metre-His

Consciousness of His Vocation.—III. The History of Blank Verse

in England - Italian Precedent - Marlowe's Predecessors

Modern and Classical Metrical Systems—Quantity and Accent

- The Licentiate lambic — Gascoigne's Critique — Marlowe's

Innovations in Blank Verse-Pause-Emphasis-Rhetoric a key

to good Blank Verse—The Variety of Marlowe's Metre.--IV.

His Transfiguration of Tragedy—The Immediate Effect of his

Improvements--He marks an Epoch in the Drama.–V. Colos-

sal Scale of Marlowe's Works-Dramatisation of Ideals-Defect

of Humour– No Female Characters.-VI. Marlowe's Leading

Motive--The Impossible Amour—The Love of the Impossible

portrayed in the Guise-In Tamburlaine-In Faustus-In

Mortimer-Impossible Beauty-What would Marlowe have made

of 'Tannhäuser'?—Barabas --The Apotheosis of Avarice.-VII.

The Poet and Dramatist inseparable in Marlowe-Character of

Tamburlaine.-VIII. The German Faustiad-Its Northern Cha-

racter-Psychological Analysis in “Doctor Faustus '- The Teu-

tonic Sceptic-Forbidden Knowledge and Power-Grim Justice

– Faustus and Mephistophilis-The Last Hour of Faustus--

Autobiographical Elements in ‘Doctor Faustus.'-IX. “The Jew

of Malta'-Shylock-Spanish Source of the Story-An Episode

of Spanish Humour-Acting Qualities of Marlowe's Plays.-X.

'Edward II.'—Shakspere and Marlowe in the Chronicle Play-

Variety of Characters---Dialogue-- The Opening of this Play-

Gaveston-Edward's Last Hours.-XI. · The Massacre at Paris'

- Its Unfinished or Mangled Text—Tragedy of ‘Dido'-Hyper-

bolical Ornament-Romantic and Classic Art.- XII. Marlowe

greater as a Poet than a Dramatist-His Reputation with Con-

temporaries

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