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Stake and stage: judicial burning and Elizabethan theatre, 1587-1592

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This thesis is the first sustained analysis of the relationship between Elizabethan theatre and the judicial practice of burning at the stake. Focusing on a five-year window of theatrical output (1587-1592), it argues that polemical literary presentations of burning are the key to understanding the stage's negotiation of this most particular form of judicial violence.

Unlike other forms of penal violence, burning at the stake was not staged, and only fourteen incidences of the p...

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English Faculty
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University of Oxford
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DPhil
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