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Gorboduc(gôr`bədək), legendary early British king mentioned by Geoffrey of Monmouth. In his lifetime he divided his kingdom between his sons Ferrex and Porrex, thereby creating great civil strife in which the two sons were killed. Gorboduc, or Ferrex and Porrex, the first English blank verse tragedy, was performed by the players of the Inner Temple in 1561. The first edition of the play, published in 1565, attributes the first three acts to Thomas Norton (1532–84) and the last two to Thomas SackvilleSackville, Thomas, 1st earl of Dorset,
1536–1608, English statesman and poet. A barrister of the Inner Temple, Sackville entered Parliament in 1558, gained favor with Elizabeth I, and was created Baron Buckhurst
..... Click the link for more information. . The play is modeled on Senecan tragedy.
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king killed by the people, who were horrified at his murderous family. [Br. Legend and Lit.: Benét, 410]
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