The Knight of the Burning Pestle
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815197 / 1554815193
  • 250 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Knight of the Burning Pestle

  • Publication Date: November 30, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815197 / 1554815193
  • 250 pages; 5½" x 8½"

This volume presents a fresh new edition of the most important play by one of Shakespeare’s most creative contemporaries. Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a free-wheeling, satirical romp through the world of early modern theatre. Hilarious, outrageous, and unpredictable, Beaumont’s comedy confounded its first audiences, but has since been recognized as a rare comedic gem from the golden age of English playmaking.

APPENDICES
Appendix A: Knights to Remember

  • 1. From The History of Palmerin D’Oliva
  • 2. From Don Quixote (1605/1612) by Miguel De Cervantes

Appendix B: The Theatre

  • 1. From The Gull’s Hornbook (1609), by Thomas Dekker
  • 2. From Macbeth (1606) by William Shakespeare
  • 3. From The Four Prentices of London (1592) by Thomas Heywood

Appendix C: Surgeons, Surgery, and Syphilis

  • 1. From Morbus Gallicus (1579) by William Clowes
  • 2. From The Short Discovery (1612) by John Cotta

Appendix D: “This stinking Tobacco”

  • 1. From The Metamorphosis of Tobacco (1602) by John Beaumont
  • 2. From A Counterblaste to Tobacco (1604) by James I
  • 3. From Tarlton’s Jests

Todd Pettigrew is Associate Professor, English, Department of Literature, Folklore, and The Arts, Cape Breton University.