The White Devil is a revenge tragedy set in medieval Italy before and during the reign of Pope Paul IV. It tells the story of an interconnected web of characters living in Rome, Florence, and Venice. Cardinal Monticelso, the future Paul IV, anchors a cast of scheming and adulterous nobles. The play examines the disconnect between the way individuals portray or present themselves and the way they act in private, exposing the devilry in all humans.

Summary of The White Devil by John Webster

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