Edward the Second - This play, set around the story of a king's abdication (very like Shakespeare's later work, Richard II) does not have the appearance of an ordinary history. The main reason is that the decisive factor for its central hero, King Edward, is not any specific historical act, but the nature of his sexuality. "The homosexuality of the central character has brought Marlowe's play a certain amount of popularity in the past two decades: the rising gay culture celebrates it as the most significant classical drama with a homosexual protagonist. However, a defence of homosexuality is not the political subject of the play. The king's homoeroticism is more of a character feature that destabilises conventional relationships - it is an issue that in the play serves as a springboard for an investigation of the wild world of politics," wrote Diana Coloini.