The "Legend of Lies": Romance and Anti-Romance at the Rose
Dr Kim Gilchrist
Where did romance drama at the Rose come from, and why was it so controversial?
In 1593, Sussex’s Men performed the (now) lost play 'Huon of Bordeaux' three times at the Rose. One religious critic had called the prose romance it was adapted from the “legend of lies”.
The romance genre — with its wandering princes, imperilled princesses, magicians, monsters and international vistas — is often sidelined in favour of the more classically secure categories of Comedy, History and Tragedy. Yet it is familiar enough to us today in stories like Game of Thrones or Star Wars, and when the lost repertories of the period are looked at closely, romance emerges as a dominant form.
This talk will use 'Huon of Bordeaux' to examine a longstanding tradition in which dramatists searched controversial continental and medieval prose romances to bring spectacular and potentially shocking narratives onto the stage.
Dr Kim Gilchrist is a Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University.
Via Zoom — you will be sent a link once you have booked.