The Queen of Scots: La Reina Di Scotia (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library) (Hardcover)

The Queen of Scots: La Reina Di Scotia (Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library) By Federico Della Valle, Fabio Battista (Translator) Cover Image
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From the moment of her spectacular death on the scaffold, the story of Mary Queen of Scots became nothing short of a sensation across Europe. She was executed on 8 February 1587, and her death was the climax of a captivity that lasted over eighteen years. Shortly after the event, Federico Della Valle, one of Italy's most accomplished dramatists of the time, composed La reina di Scotia ( The Queen of Scots), a tragedy depicting the final hours of the Scottish queen's life.

With its restrained tone, streamlined action, and refined poetic language, The Queen of Scots ranks among the very best of early modern Italian drama. In this book, Fabio Battista provides an English-language annotated edition of Della Valle's work, accompanied by a comprehensive introduction exploring the fictional afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots from the early modern period to today. The volume also includes the English translation of a widely circulated letter detailing the queen's momentous execution. Made available to an English-speaking audience for the first time, this tragedy is the earliest dramatic reworking of the death of Mary Queen of Scots in a modern vernacular, spearheading a tradition that endures to this day.

About the Author

Federico Della Valle (1560-1628) was an Italian dramatist and poet. Fabio Battista is an assistant professor of Italian at the University of Alabama.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781487544812
ISBN-10: 1487544812
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2023
Pages: 196
Language: English
Series: Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library