ABSTRACT

In his introduction to Fulke Greville’s Mustapha (1609), Geoffrey Bullough observes that for Greville, “Kings might be the Lord’s Anointed, but they must remember their responsibilities to both Divine and human law [ … ]. The lesson seems to be that evil brings worse evil in its train. Misgovernment brings revolt and chaos.”2 The misgovernment in Greville’s play, however, has largely been brought about through the machinations and greed for power exhibited by Rossa, more commonly known as Roxolana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent.