R101 & R102 | Christopher Marlowe's Edward II


9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21 & 10/28
Six Sessions 


R101: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Berkshire Community College

1350 West Street

Pittsfield, MA

Room M-208

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Eastern Time

This course is offered in two separate sessions, one in person at Berkshire Community College and the second online via Zoom.

Please note that all in-person course attendees must affirm that they have been fully vaccinated when registering and must wear masks in class at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Marlowe’s play, which prefigures Shakespeare’s Richard II, is a great example of what was then a new genre—the early modern history play. Edward’s elevation of his lowborn favorite threatens the nobles who surround him. Shifting alliances lead to the downfall of this 14th century king, murdered by confederates of his queen and her lover, and ends with their subsequent reckoning with Edward III, his heir.  An explosive combination of the personal and the political is brought to life in this fascinating but little seen play.  

Recommended Reading: Edward II by Christopher Marlowe

Sessions 1 - 3 PowerPoint Presentation: Edward II Through Week Three.pptx

Sessions 4 - 6 PowerPoint Presentation: Edward II through week 6.pptx

Ann Berman holds a Master of Arts in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College, London.  She spent 30 years as a teacher and administrator at the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools and 8 years as a course facilitator at Lifelong Learning at Regis College in Weston, Mass.  She has taught several Shakespeare courses for OLLI at BCC.


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