The Queen of Scots: La reina di Scotia
Published: February 2023© 2023
196 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Ebook - ePub
From the moment of her spectacular death on the scaffold, the story of Mary Queen of Scots became nothing short of a sensation across Europe. She was executed on 8 February 1587, and her death was the climax of a captivity that lasted over eighteen years. Shortly after the event, Federico Della Valle, one of Italy’s most accomplished dramatists of the time, composed La reina di Scotia (The Queen of Scots), a tragedy depicting the final hours of the Scottish queen’s life.
With its restrained tone, streamlined action, and refined poetic language, The Queen of Scots ranks among the very best of early modern Italian drama. In this book, Fabio Battista provides an English-language annotated edition of Della Valle’s work, accompanied by a comprehensive introduction exploring the fictional afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots from the early modern period to today. The volume also includes the English translation of a widely circulated letter detailing the queen’s momentous execution. Made available to an English-speaking audience for the first time, this tragedy is the earliest dramatic reworking of the death of Mary Queen of Scots in a modern vernacular, spearheading a tradition that endures to this day.
Introduction: From Mary Stuart to Maria Stuarda
Chronology of Mary Queen of Scots and Her Times
The Queen of Scots / La reina di Scotia
Appendix: Letter by Sartorio Loschi / Lettera di Sartorio Loscho
"This is not only an outstanding achievement in terms of scholarship, but also a model to look at when it comes to editorial practice and translation. It finally brings La reina di Scotia to a broader audience and expands the corpus of teachable dramatic works from the Italian Baroque. Battista’s introductory essay illuminates the dramaturgical force of Della Valle’s tragic poetics and the playwright's ability to turn contemporary history into theatre."Eugenio Refini, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, New York University
"Mary Stuart’s tragic vicissitudes struck the European imagination. In the early modern era, the queen, presented as a martyr of the faith, was celebrated in a myriad of Italian works. Among these, the most splendid for its literary value and for its poetic stance is undoubtedly La reina di Scotia. Battista presents this grandiose masterpiece of Italian Baroque literature for the first time in English with enormous skill and talent. The translation is accompanied by his brilliant and detailed introduction, at once erudite and engaging, that allows the reader to better understand the significance of Della Valle’s work from a literary, historical, and religious point of view."Stefano Villani, Professor of Early Modern European History, University of Maryland