Study Guide

The Spanish Tragedy Characters

By Thomas Kyd

Hieronimo, the Knight Marshal of Spain

After reading the play, you might think Hieronimo is just a bloodthirsty avenger hell-bent on...

Bel-Imperia

And we mean unfortunate to say the least. Because her misfortune defines her character and her...

Lorenzo

Bel-Imperia and Hieronimo are the only really complex characters in the play. The rest are more...

Horatio

Look, sometimes boring is good. And in this case, the very boring Horatio is good in many...

Pedringano

If Lorenzo is the primary antagonist, Pedringano is the secondary antagonist. And in lots of...

The Ghost of Andrea

The play also doesn't think we need to know terribly much about the dead Andrea. Except that he's...

Isabella

She's simply the voice of despair in the play. We meet her just after her son is murdered, which...

Balthazar

Make no mistake: Balthazar is bad to the bone. But he's not much of a schemer from what we can...

Revenge

Revenge is revenge personified. Yep, it's that simple.And by a personification, we mean he's the...

The Viceroy of Portugal

"Viceroy" is a fancy word for a stand-in king. In large empires, overworked kings would often...

The King of Spain

We get another weak leader in the form of the Spanish king. And just like with the viceroy, we...

The Duke of Castile

Ah, here's a minor character that still manages to play a significant plot role. One really...