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Intrigue
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The word “intrigue” derives from the Latin intricare (“to entangle, perplex”) and tricae (“perplexities, subterfuges”). The later Italian intrigare (“to become entangled”) and the related noun intrighi (“web of deceit”) refer to the intrigue in the sense of an entangled and perplexing story. As a literary subject, primarily involving intrighi amorosi (“amorous intrigues”), the intrigue in the 17th century found its way, via the Dutch intrigeblijspel and the theater pieces about amorous adventures and misadventures that were popular at the Spanish court, to England [4]. The…

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Hohkamp, Michaela, “Intrigue”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021506>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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