Edward II

by

Christopher Marlowe

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Lord Maltravers/Earl of Arundel  Character Analysis

Maltravers is a noble who initially remains loyal to Edward II, delivering the king's request that he be allowed to see Gaveston before the latter is executed. At some point, however, Maltravers switches sides and allies himself with Mortimer Junior, at which point he becomes one of the deposed king's jailkeepers. In this role, he not only torments Edward with taunts and insults, but also allows Lightborne to murder the king. Maltravers' actions thus underscore his treacherous nature and suggest that Edward, who had trusted him, is not a particularly good judge of character.

Lord Maltravers/Earl of Arundel  Quotes in Edward II

The Edward II quotes below are all either spoken by Lord Maltravers/Earl of Arundel  or refer to Lord Maltravers/Earl of Arundel  . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Methuen Drama edition of Edward II published in 2014.
Act 5, Scene 5 Quotes

And there in mire and puddle have I stood
This ten days' space; and lest that I should sleep,
One plays continually upon a drum.
They give me bread and water being a king,
So that for want of sleep and sustenance
My mind's distempered and my body's numbed,
And whether I have limbs or no, I know not.

Page Number: 5.5.58–64
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Lord Maltravers/Earl of Arundel  Character Timeline in Edward II

The timeline below shows where the character Lord Maltravers/Earl of Arundel  appears in Edward II. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Scene 5
Sex, Lineage, and the Natural Order Theme Icon
Monarchy, Legitimacy, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...decides to give him the relative honor of a beheading. At that moment, however, Lord Maltravers arrives, explaining that he has been sent to request that Edward be allowed to see... (full context)
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Trumpets sound, and everyone but Gaveston, Maltravers, and Pembroke leaves. Pembroke explains that his house is nearby and invites Maltravers to stay... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
Fear of the Other and Internal Discord Theme Icon
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As Isabella, Prince Edward, and Levune leave, Maltravers arrives. He is alone, and reports that Gaveston is dead. Edward presses him for details,... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
Fear of the Other and Internal Discord Theme Icon
Monarchy, Legitimacy, and Loyalty Theme Icon
...fact that he has gotten his own way with regards to Spencer Junior. He asks Maltravers to read the list of executed rebels, and then gloats that Isabella's efforts to find... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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Mortimer Junior summons Gourney and Maltravers, entrusting the latter with a message dismissing Berkeley. He then gives Gourney detailed instructions on... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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Maltravers and Gourney, carrying torches, hurry Edward toward Kenilworth as the latter asks where they are... (full context)
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Edward calls on God to bear witness to Maltravers and Gourney's treatment of “their liege and sovereign, England's King.” He then calls on Gaveston,... (full context)
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Maltravers orders that the torches be put out as the group approach Kenilworth. At that moment,... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
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...on the victim's body. Mortimer accordingly gives Lightborne a letter to take to Gourney and Maltravers, along with the token that—unbeknownst to Lightborne—marks him for death. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 5
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At Berkeley, Gourney and Maltravers marvel at the fact that Edward has not yet died, despite being kept in a... (full context)
Fear of the Other and Internal Discord Theme Icon
Just then, Lightborne enters and hands Mortimer Junior's letter to Gourney and Maltravers. Lightborne also shows them the token Mortimer gave him, and—in asides—Gourney and Maltravers discuss the... (full context)
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...He once more question why Lightborne has come, and Lightborne now admits the truth, calling Maltravers and Gourney into the room. (full context)
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Maltravers and Gourney hold Edward down while Lightborne kills him with the spit. Fearing that Edward's... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 6
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Maltravers informs Mortimer Junior that both Edward and Lightborne are dead. However, he also reveals that... (full context)