Massinger’s The Renegado (1624) and The Spanish Marriage

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Massinger's The Renegado is read as a political allegory concerning the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Buckingham's abortive mission to the Spanish court to woo the Infanta Maria. The characters of Donusa and Vitelli, Muslim princess and Venetian gentleman, are seen as representations of the Infanta and the Prince, and the ideological difficulties of their relationship are read as expressions of concern about the wisdom of the match. The Jesuit character of Francisco is shown to allegorise the Duke of Buckingham, and the politics of Massinger's unusually positive representation of a militantly Catholic figure are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalCahiers Élisabéthains
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2004


  • allégorie politique
  • conversion
  • miscegenation
  • métissage
  • patronage
  • political allegory
  • race
  • religion

Cite this