The two noble kinsmen is a jacobean tragicomedy first published in 1634 and attributed to john fletcher and william shakespeareits plot derives from the knights tale in geoffrey chaucers the canterbury tales which had already been dramatised at least twice beforeformerly a point of controversy the dual attribution is now generally accepted by scholarly consensus. The two noble kinsmen 16131614 1634 quarto of the two noble kinsmen first official record a fragment from the kings office of the revels dated 1619 includes a list of plays which may have been recently performed at court two noble kinsmen is one of the plays mentioned400 first published published in quarto in 1634 printed by thomas cotes for john waterson. The two noble kinsmen derived from chaucers canterbury tales begins as athens defeats thebes in wararcite and palamon theban knights and devoted cousins are imprisoned in athens from their cell they see emilia the sister in law of theseus duke of athens. Four plays assigned to shakespeare edward iii sir thomas more cardenio the two noble kinsmen an annotated bibliography new york garland 1982 see p xxiv nicoll allardice shakespeare and the court masque shakespeare jahrbuch 94 1958 51 62 potter lois ed the two noble kinsmen walton on thames nelson third arden 1997. The two noble kinsmen is a jacobean tragicomedy first published in 1634 and attributed to john fletcher and william shakespeare its plot derives from the knights tale in geoffrey chaucers the canterbury tales which had already been dramatised at least twice before formerly a point of
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