Apocalypse and Armada in Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy

Frank Ardolino

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Often English commentators of the late sixteenth century viewed the Spanish Armada as a revenge tragedy in which God, through England, exacted vengeance on Babylon-Spain. (SCE&S 29)

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Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 29

Often English commentators of the late sixteenth century viewed the Spanish Armada as a revenge tragedy in which God, through England, exacted vengeance on Babylon-Spain. Kyd, the famous playwright, created a nationalistic revenge tragedy in which the hero, Hieronimo, serves as the divinely appointed avenger whose marriage playlet destroys Babylon-Spain. Thus Kyd’s play becomes a Reformation play of Daniel, full of apocalyptic symbolism showing the final triumph of Elizabeth as Astrea.

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