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Cymbeline

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Overview


Several works formed the basis of Cymbeline,

including Boccaccio’s The Decameron and Holinshed’s

The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland

(also known as Holinshed’s Chronicles). It is unclear

whether A Mirror for Magistrates (Ferrer and Baldwin)

also served as a source for this romantic comedy.

Cymbeline’s decisions drive much of the play’s action

but two other major characters, Imogen and Posthumus, also influence this work.

Cymbeline

Comedy

Written 1609/1610

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