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Tamburlaine
Title : Tamburlaine
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ISBN : 9780486421254
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128

One of the greatest English playwrights, Christopher Marlowe received the scholarly compliment of having long been considered the author of some plays now attributed to Shakespeare. Marlowe's remarkable inventiveness and powers of poetic expression enabled him to render his first play, Tamburlaine, the relatively new form of English blank verse, establishing the form for lOne of the greatest English playwrights, Christopher Marlowe received the scholarly compliment of having long been considered the author of some plays now attributed to Shakespeare. Marlowe's remarkable inventiveness and powers of poetic expression enabled him to render his first play, Tamburlaine, the relatively new form of English blank verse, establishing the form for later Elizabethan dramatic writing. This heroic epic, his most ambitious work, was also the first genuine English tragedy.Produced around 1587, the two-part romantic drama derives from the historical figure of Tamerlane (1336–1405), a Mongol warrior whose conquests and tyrannical rule extended from the Black Sea to the Upper Ganges. In Part I, Tamburlaine represents the best and most admirable qualities of the Renaissance man — his relentless rise to greatness, his ability to defy the odds and his determined pursuit of all life's possibilities. The first part concludes with the hero at the zenith of his powers, with vivid descriptions of his military victories and the passionate courting of a rival's captive daughter; in Part II, however, Tamburlaine's ambition overrides his better nature, and his greed and vanity ultimately lead to his ruin.Ideal for classroom use, this volume will also be a welcomed addition to the libraries of anyone fond of English literary classics.


Tamburlaine Reviews

  • Alex

    It's the old rags to riches story, really - real America. An ambitious man, born with no spoon in his mouth, rises to power through sheer brilliant audacity. Spoilers follow: He even manages to marry the daughter of a rival of higher social class, after overcoming that rival. He's domineering, ruthless, abusive. He loves his wife but has no concept of her own desires; he thinks of her as a trophy. She was always ambivalent, and eventually she wastes away and dies. He's enraged:The ceaseless lamp [...]

  • AGamarra

    "TAMERLÁN EL GRANDE" de Cristopher Marlowe"¡Guarda tu honor! ¡Pues hace mucho no sabías lo que quería decir!"Estoy muy feliz de haber terminado esta obra que consta de dos partes (la segunda a pedido del público) pues ya puedo decir que he leído todas las tragedias de este gran dramaturgo isabelino.La obra nos narra de una manera sucinta y veloz la historia de Tamerlán, el pastor escita (un pueblo bárbaro), que llegó a convertirse en Rey de Persia y asoló diversas ciudades de África [...]

  • Sammy

    "The god of war resigns his room to me,Meaning to make me general of the world." - Tamburlaine (Part One, Act 5, scene 1)Tamburlaine, Tamburlaine, TamburlaineIt's not hard to see why "Tamburlaine the Great" caused such a stir on its initial performance in the late 16th century. The powerful poetry, the seemingly endless array of battles, the inventive methods of torture and death, the sudden explosions of bilious insults "Tamburlaine" is an important step in the development of drama, true. Howev [...]

  • Moira Russell

    Marlowe, if there is an afterlife, and we both wind up in the same place, I'm going to put the hurt on you for having written this. Because I had to read it FOUR HUNDRED YEARS LATER.

  • David Sarkies

    The Rise and Fall of a Conqueror16 January 2014 I was going to have a look at both of these plays as a whole, but it appears that both of these plays are in fact a ten act play divided into two parts. This seemed to also be something of a debate with some of Shakespeare's plays, however the ones that are in two, or three, parts (actually, there is only Henry IV in two parts, and Henry VI in three parts, and it could be argued that all of these plays form one continuous play from Richard II to Ri [...]

  • Zeynep

    this is straight up nasty and no one does nasty like marlowe <3

  • Bettie☯

    Duration: 2 hoursblurb - A new production of Christopher Marlowe's 16th century play about the growth to tyrannical power of a Scythian shepherd. Tamburlaine is a classic drama said to have changed the course of British drama and to have influenced the young Shakespeare. This is the first in a series of three plays from Radio 3 which portray the ruthlessness and dilemmas of absolute rule.Cast:Tamburlaine Con O'NeillMycetes, King of Persia Oliver Ford DavisCosroe Kenneth CranhamTechelles Shau [...]

  • Keith

    It’s hard not to get swept up in the military triumphalism of this heroic epic, particularly Part One. Tamburlaine the shepherd uses his wit and audacious ambition to rise to emperor, smashing the existing order and tearing down the nobility in the process. As with all his plays, Marlowe skirts the border of revolutionary unorthodoxy. A commoner rising up to be king – that was a dangerous theme in days of the tyrannical monarchy. And this play takes glee in the destruction of the nobility an [...]

  • Nina

    What can describe this book if not the infinite wars, murders and the protagonist's cruelty?From the first act, the figure of Tamerlan is not a good one, although he's a shepard's son, he becomes the most feared man in Europe, Asia and Africa. Given his cruelty, I couldn't believe he was serious about Zenocrate and I was pleasantly surprise to see that he actually cared for her and would even give his life for her. How can such a man love and hate at such intensities? From my point of view, Marl [...]

  • Sasha

    Part 1 was better than part 2, I felt. There are only so many times you can reinforce how great Tamburlaine is before it becomes rather repetitive. This play is different from other war-themed works in that both Tamburlaine's thirst for blood and his violent spirit is indefatigable. In fact, I even find him admirable, the way he will not sideline his honor for Zenocrate's love when she asks him to pity her hometown. His resolve is praise-worthy. In the Iliad, at first, the graphic violence is si [...]

  • Katie

    Shakespeare wished he was Christopher Marlowe, tried to be him (Titus), and failed. Tamburlaine might have been the single greatest piece to come out of English Renaissance drama. Remind me again why we make people study Shakespeare instead of Marlowe? Hell, why do we even bother with Shakespeare when we could be studying Marlowe, Middleton, Webster, and Ford?

  • Hadrian

    Tamburlaine the conqueror. Not much in terms of genuine character development, but with beautiful passages and historical allusions. Violence for its own sake. Probably a piece for a famous actor to take the title role.

  • Laura

    From BBC Radio 3:Christopher Marlowe's 16th century play about the growth to power of a Scythian shepherd.

  • Jacqueline Wagenstein

    ТАМЕРЛАН, ИЛИ ГЛЕДНАТА ТОЧКА НА ЗЛОТОЛитературата обичайно или предлага утехи срещу злото, или му служи, представяйки го като нещо друго. „Тамерлан Велики” е уникална пиеса с това, че представя злото като зло и въпреки това предлага на зрителя – или читателя – да се идент [...]

  • Peter Heavenheld

    Nature, that fram'd us of four elementsWarring within our breasts for regiment,Doth teach us all to have aspiring minds:Our souls, whose faculties can comprehendThe wondrous architecture of the world,And measure every wandering planet's course,Still climbing after knowledge infinite,And always moving as the restless spheres,Will us to wear ourselves, and never rest, Act II Sc 5Tamburlaine, a commoner, starts out by winning skirmishes against the King of Persia, then goes on to greater and great [...]

  • H

    This strikes me as curiously indulgent popular theater. An awful, bombastic hero who meets no just end. Presented by Marlowe with an admirable subtlety. The sympathies we feel for Tamburlaine can be compared to those we feel for Richard III.This laid the groundwork for dramatic blank verse. I enjoyed the technique of having Zenocrate & Zabina (queens of opposing sides) bickering on stage to mark a battle's passage of time. Bajazeth's and Zabina's suicides surprised me. Zabina's mad reeling f [...]

  • Davide Nole

    OH! Finalmente Marlowe!Allora: le due parti di questa sorta di dramma storico/tragedia/NonSoComeSiaConsiderato fanno a pugni con quanto letto prima dell'autore. Si distaccano tanto da Didone (che ricordo ho trovato oscena) ma anche dal Faust (che trovo molto bello), sia per linguaggio che per temi trattati.Per quanto mi aspettassi una sorta di polpettone storico con lo spessore di un foglio di carta, atto solo a far emozionare gli spettatori dell'epoca, ho scoperto un dramma ricco di sfaccettatu [...]

  • Mike Jensen

    Do not even consider using this cheap edition of Marlowe’s great play. Marlowe experts do not need it, and Marlowe students need far more in the way of an introduction, glosses, textual apparatus, and other notes. It has the “mighty line”s, but it lacks everything that helps people understand Marlowe 400 years after he wrote. Use the Revels or New Mermaid instead. This edition is fine if you already understand Marlowe and need something for an airplane that you can discard when you reach y [...]

  • David

    Really that should be 4 1/2 stars. I give it five because of the language which I love and often find exhilarating. Yet I cannot help wondering why such language has been lavished upon an egotistical schweinhund about whom I care no more at the end than at the beginning. Read it especially for the language.

  • Emily

    A bold (and unapologetically so) play which breaks the rules, and subverts its audience's expectations. Its been said that you can sense the confidence of Marlowe in its characters and speeches, and I definitely agree. A limit-stretching, wild play with some brilliant lines.

  • Erin

    And then she brains herself. Best stage direction ever.

  • Charles

    I just love this play. Like 'Doctor Faustus', Tamburlaine is essentially a 'one-man play'. However, while it lacks the subtle characterization that made Shakespeare so great, Tamb. is an exceptional 'de Casibus' Tragedy that will delight all those who give 'Marlowe's Mighty Line' the attention it deserves. Let there be no mistake about it, Tamb. is pride personified. The scourge of the gods and the terror of the world, as he terms himself, abides by a strict code of war ethics and lets nothing s [...]

  • Tünde Ecem Kutlu

    what's better than a charismatic anti-hero? a historically accurate anti-hero.

  • Nicholas Whyte

    nwhytevejournal/2715075mlThis is usually discussed as a single play in two parts, and I guess I agree with that, though it is notable that the two parts are set at least twenty years apart - the first ends with Tamburlaine marrying Zenocrate, by the start of the second they have three grown-up sons. I felt it had a tremendous energy; lots of violence and horrible death, a portrait of a monstrous leader who in the end is defeated not by battle but by illness. It's deliberately over the top, I thi [...]

  • Мартин Касабов

    Как е възможно чак сега да разбирам за това издание на Марлоу? Кажете ми, къде съм гледал, че съм го пропускал цели две години. След като прочетох "Едуард II" и дори ви разказах за него, е време да продължим с тази по-ранна и по-екзотична творба на големия английски драматург, тв [...]

  • Libby

    How could someone NOT love a play called “Tamburlaine the Great, Who, from a Scythian Shephearde by his rare and woonderfull Conquestf, became a most puiffant and mightye Monarque, And (for his tyranny, and terrour in Warre) waf tearmed, The Scourge of God?” Well, I suppose it is possible. I certainly enjoyed "Dr. Faustus" more. I would blame the editors for some of the oddness, given that a great deal of the play's "lesser" comedic scene have been cut. In spite of this, "Tamburlaine" has mu [...]

  • Слави Ганев

    Тамерлан Велики на Кристофър Марлоу не беше лошо четиво добре, де, беше труден за четене. Не, не беше изпълнен с философски разсъждения, които да те хвърлят в меланхолични чувства, мъка или неразбираемо написана. Просто беше прекалено накъсана в действие. Книгата съдържа дв [...]

  • Carol Arce

    Christopher Marlowe must have been the Quentin Tarantino of the Elizabethan stage. His Tamburlaine the Great, loosely based on the Central Asian Emperor Timur d. 1405, sets out to conquer the world and brutalizes his opponents with such cruel, unusual and inhumane tortures that one of them bashes his own brains out rather than continue to be tortured and humiliated by Tamburlaine. Tamburlaine murders his own son for refusing to fight alongside his bloody father. No king or army can stop Tamburla [...]

  • Valerie

    A few people on this site have mentioned they thought the first play was superior. I disagree. I thought the second play not only saw an improvement on language, but had a very interesting religious conflicts. In the beginning of the play, a nation of Christians and a nation of Muslims form a peace agreement, the Christians swearing by Christ and God, and the Muslims by the Prophet and the Koran. But soon, the Christians agree that the Muslims are untrustworthy pagans and violent heathens and la [...]

  • Vrixton Phillips

    I'd like to give this 3 stars. but I feel like it'd be an insult to some great books that I gave 3 stars. I've heard a lot of people praise this play to the heavens, but honestly it probably is a lot more fun to watch than read. There's a lot of battles that get relegated to offstage, but the plot gets a bit repetitive because Tamburlaine never loses. Really. Tamburlaine dies before the battle that should mark his end. Of a mysterious illness that he contracts after burning the Quran and other r [...]