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date: 24 February 2020

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Middleton wrote two extant history plays: Game at Chess (1624) and Hengist, King of Kent (late 1620). This article not only tries to demonstrate some of the historiographical, religious, and political issues at stake in Hengist, but also argues that this play is part of a particular moment in Middleton's career, running roughly from the late 1610s to the early 1620s, when historical writing was much on his mind. History writing could take multiple forms in the early modern period: chronicle, antiquarian, chorographic, civic, and so on. These genres fluidly interpenetrated one another in Middleton's historical writing for the public stage and for the civic entertainments he wrote for his London patrons.

Keywords: Thomas Middleton, history plays, Game at Chess, Hengist, historical writing

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