Alexander and Campaspe (1584)

Alexander and Campaspe (1584)

In this Alexander the Great, becomes fond of his Theban captive, Campaspe. She is virtuous and beautiful and the king decides that he wants his painter, Apelles, to paint her. But Apelles and Campaspe fall in love with each other during the painting sessions and they find themselves not able to suppress their affection to please the king. But Alexander‟s generosity wins over his passion for Campaspe and he decides to move his attention back to warfare and permits the couple to get married. Continue reading Alexander and Campaspe (1584)

Gammer Gurton’s Needle

Gammer Gurton’s Needle

Gammer Gurton is an old woman who loses her only needle while mending a pair of pants belonging to her servant, Hodge. Hodge, needless to say, is very upset by this because now he has to wear pants full of holes. Most of the play involves the search for the missing needle. Diccon, a crazy beggar, starts making some plots. He pretends to summon the devil to ask his advice. Hodge, who was present for the beginning of this “ceremony,” is so scared that he first loses control of his bowels and then runs off. For much of the rest of the play, he is addressed as “shitten knave,” or some similar title. Continue reading Gammer Gurton’s Needle