See also:English author, wrote the first English version of the
See also:story of Romeo and Juliet . The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Julieit (1562) is a rhymed account of the story, taken, not directly from
See also:Bandello'scollection of novels (1554), but from the French
See also:translation (Histoires tragiques) of
See also:Pierre Boaistuau or Boisteau, surnamed Launay, and
See also:Francois de Belleforest . Broke adds some detail to the story as told by Boisteau . As the poem contains many scenes which are not known to exist elsewhere, but which were adopted by
See also:Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, there is no reasonable doubt that it may be regarded as the
See also:main source of the
See also:play . Broke perished by shipwreck in 1563, on his way from
See also:Newhaven to join the English troops fighting on the Huguenot side in France . The
See also:genesis of the Juliet story, and a close comparison of Shakespeare's play with Broke's version, are to be found in a reprint of the poem and of
See also:William Paynter's
See also:prose translation from the Palace of Pleasure, edited by Mr P . A . Daniel for the New Shakespere Society (1875) .
BART SIR PHILIP BOWES VERE BROKE
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