The Dutch Courtesan

Contributions

‘Go your ways for an Apostata’: religion and inconstancy in The Dutch Courtesan

§1 In Act two, scene two of Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan, a distraught Franceschina turns on her bawd, Mary Faugh, exclaiming: ‘God’s sacrament, ten tousand divels take you! You ha’ brought mine love, mine honour, mine body, all to noting!’ (2.2.6-8).[1] For the audience, Franceschina’s distress is undercut by Freevill’s pre-emptive mocking: in the preceding [read more…]