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 The tragedy of the unhappy fair Irene
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Unhappy fair Irene


Gilbert Swinhoe

Date: 1658

Original Language: English


Unhappy fair Irene’s precise date of composition remains unknown. Three prefatory sonnets accompany it in its 1658 printing, describing its author, Gilbert Swinhoe, as markedly young for a playwright. Since Swinhoe’s birth date is unknown, however, this information is of little help. Some scholars speculate that the play must have been written prior to …

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Moberly, David C., “ The tragedy of the unhappy fair Irene”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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