Pallantus and Eudora

or, The Conspiracy

a tragedy by Henry Killigrew

written c. 1634; first published 1638


About the Play

Henry Killigrew wrote this, his only known play, as a teenager; it was performed in 1634, to celebrate the marriage of 15-year-old Charles Herbert and 12-year-old Mary Villiers. It was published in 1638 under the title “The Conspiracy.”

In 1653, Killigrew published a revised version, now called “Pallantus and Eudora.” In the preface, he writes that the original publication was a pirated copy, made from a transcript of a performance, published without his knowledge while he was in Italy.


Known Editions

  • The Conspiracy. A Tragedy. As it was intended, for the nuptials, of the Lord Charles Herbert, and the Lady Villiers. Written by Mr. Henry Killigraew. London. Printed by Iohn Norton, for Andrew Crooke, 1638

  • Pallantus and Eudora. A Tragedy Written by Mr. Henry Killigrew. London. Printed for John Hardesty at the Black-Spread-Eagle in Duck-lane, 1653


References from Secondary Sources

  • James O. Halliwell, A Dictionary of Old English Plays (1860)

    THE CONSPIRACY. A tragedy by Henry Killigrew. 4to, 1638. This piece was intended for the entertainment of the King and Queen at York House, on occasion of the nuptials of Lord Charles Herbert with Lady Mary Villiers, and was afterwards acted on the Black Friars stage. It was written at seventeen years of age, and the commendation bestowed on it by Ben Jonson and Lord Falkland created the author some envy among his contemporaries. The edition above mentioned was a surreptitious one, published while Killigrew was abroad, and without his consent or knowledge. He afterwards, however, gave the world a more genuine one, in fol. 1653 ; but was so much ashamed of this first edition, that, to prevent its being known as the same piece, he altered the name of it to Pallantus and Eudora, q. v. The scene lies in Crete.

    PALLANTUS AND EUDORA. A tragedy by H. Killigrcw. Fol. 1653. It was originally published, but in an imperfect state, under the title of the Conspiracy. 1638.

  • William Carew Hazlitt, The Play-Collector's Manual (1892)

    The Conspiracy: A tragedy by Henry Killigrew. 4to, 1638; fol., 1653. Scene, Crete.

    This piece was intended for the entertainment of the King and Queen at York House, on occasion of the nuptials of Lord Charles Herbert with Lady Mary Villiers, and was afterwards acted on the Black Friars stage. It was written at seventeen years of age, and the commendation bestowed on it by Ben Jonson and Lord Falkland created the author some envy among his contemporaries.

    The edition of 1638 was a surreptitious one, published while Killigrew was abroad, and without his consent or knowledge; and he was so much ashamed of it that, to prevent it being known as the same piece, he altered the name to Pallantus and Eudora, on republishing it in 1653.

    Pallantus and Eudora: See Conspiracy.