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Egmont a Tragedy in Five Acts

By Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang

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Title: Egmont a Tragedy in Five Acts  
Author: Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
Collections: Classic Literature Collection, Penn State University's Electronic Classics Series Collection
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Introduction: In 1775, when Goethe was twenty-six, and before he went to Weimar, he began to write ?Egmont? After working on it at intervals for twelve years, he finished it at Rome in 1787. The scene of the drama is laid in the Low Countries at the beginning of the revolt against Spain. In the fifteenth century Philip of Burgundy had usurped dominion over several of the provinces of the Netherlands, and through him they had passed into the power of his descendant, the Emperor Charles V. This powerful ruler abolished the constitutional rights of the provinces, and introduced the Inquisition in order to stamp out Protestantism.


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