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Egmont
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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EGMONT 

A TRAGEDY IN FIVE ACTS 

BY JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE 

Translated by Anna Swanwick 

Introductory Note 

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

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