Complete summary of Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay. Analysis and discussion of characters in Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay. “Friar Bacon & Friar Bungay”, a slightly creaking comedy, is now most noted for having anticipated television. One of Friar Bacon’s tricks (his namesake.

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Robert Greene is probably best-known, in the British popular consciousness at least, for two things. The first is for penning what was perhaps the first, and one of the most memorable, philippics against William Shakespeare: One would hardly guess that in anr life, Greene was only six years older than Shakespeare.

Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay

Edward will later become King Edward I. Leaving his friend Lacy to woo Margaret in his absence, Edward goes to Oxford to ask Friar Bacon, a noted philosopher and magician, to help him.


Bacon uses his magic to prevent the wedding from going ahead, before facing off against Vandermast, a German necromancer travelling in the retinue of the Emperor of Germany, who has accompanied King Henry to Oxford. Edward, who had initially intended to kill his treacherous friend, encourages a match between Lacy and Margaret, while allowing himself to be betrothed to Eleanor of Castile. The play also introduced me to a charming piece of false etymology.


Tellingly, the play may have been written inthe friarr after the Spanish Armada. The name actually derives from brazen-huisbecause the college was founded on the site of an old brewhouse. Friar Bacon and Friar Bungaywith its clown figures, romantic plot, and stock figures, is a classic example of the Elizabethan comedy and bumgay reading for the liminal position in English literary history which it occupies. It shows English comedy developing for the new Elizabethan stage, with its spectacle, disguises, mix-ups, and romantic plot.

Oliver Tearle is the author of The Secret Library: When I studied King Lear at school, among my fellow students the vote went to: I studied Shakespeare in graduate school. We read his whole cannon and many of those contemporaries as a comparison.


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