Joost van den Vondel’s tragedy Mary Stuart, or Martyred Majesty (1646), written after the playwright’s conversion to Catholicism, has been read as a provocative glorification of a Catholic martyr. Kristine Steenbergh argues that the play’s emotional poetics aim at the creation of an affective community of Protestants and Catholics in the theatre. Through the contagious bodily experience of fear and compassion with the Queen of Scots, Vondel intended to school the audience’s emotions and foster religious tolerance in the context of the peace negotiations that would eventually lead to the end of the Eighty Years’ War.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Bijdragen en mededelingen betreffende de geschiedenis der Nederlanden|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- vondel, joost van den
- history of emotions
- early modern Dutch theatre
- Mary Stuart