The Massacre at Paris
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1. Names and Dates
French names are given in their Anglicised form (e.g. Henry, rather than Henri) because that is how they appear in the stage directions and text of the original play.
Many, but not all, Elizabethan documents are dated according to the 'old style' new year which began on 25th March. All dates in this overview are given in the new style. Thus a document dated 16th March 1591 in the original old style, is here presented as 16th March 1592.
2. Play Text References
All lines quoted from The Massacre at Paris are identified via scene and line number(s) as used in the [Oliver] edition of the play. The original [O] version of the play had no scene divisions (see a summary of the differences in scene division in the main subsequent editions of the play by other editors).
The following abbreviations are used throughout this document for convenience:
- TMAP: The Massacre at Paris, as in the play by Christopher Marlowe.
- [O]: The undated Octavo edition of The Massacre at Paris, published by Edward White.
This overview was written by Mark Abbott of the Marlowe Society. He would like to thank and acknowledge the help, encouragement and expertise of both Roger Hards (Marlowe Society Newsletter, Research Journal, and Website Editor) and Michael Frohnsdorff (Marlowe Society Research Officer), in particular their thorough and timely review and the improvements and corrections that resulted. This overview was first published here on the Marlowe Society website in September 2011.
Thanks also to Eric Wirth at the Modern Language Association in New York, who located and supplied a copy of Paul Kocher's article "François Hotman and Marlowe's The Massacre at Paris" [Kocher-Hotman], which appeared in Publications of the Modern Language Association Vol. LVI (1941). All articles cited are listed in the Bibliography.